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10 Must Know Luxury Hotel Designers

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A round up of ten of the most prominent hotel designers today including Kelly Wearstler, Pierre Yves Rochon, Alberto Pinto, Hirsch Bedner and Yabu Pushelberg.

Hotels are one of the oldest symbols of luxury, so much so that Coco Chanel famously chose The Paris Ritz as her home for over thirty years. In the accessible age of luxury e-commerce and iPad applications, hotels have survived and prospered in remaining truly exclusive experiences, the quintessential definition of luxury.

Where the affluent choose to rest their heads, when on business, holiday or simply escaping the daily grind, is where some of the most unique, elaborate and luxurious designs in architecture and interior design can be found. Luxury Society investigated the creative minds behind these opulent concepts and presents a round up of ten of the most prominent hotel designers today. For a complete listing of luxury interior designers, we invite you to explore the Luxury Society directory.


Hirsch Bedner Associates, Atlanta

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The ESPA at The Europe Hotel by Hirsch Bedner Associates

Hirsch Bedner Associates create some of the most indulgent hotels in the world. Consistently setting new standards for luxury, comfort and innovation, in hospitality interior design, they collaborated with renowned Maison Givenchy to design their Mauritian spa at Hotel Le Touessrok.

Past projects include the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai, The Peninsula New York, The Beverly Hills Hotel and many more.

www.hbadesign.com



Kelly Wearstler, Los Angeles

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Viceroy Miami by Kelly Wearstler


The Kelly Wearstler agency is a comprehensive design studio, assisting clients with interior design and artistic direction, product, textile and furniture design, graphic design and luxury lifestyle public relations and marketing. The agency works with a distinguished clientele within hotels and resorts, offices, restaurants, retail boutiques and residences and has one of the most opulent, exciting and individual styles of design in the industry.

Projects include The Tides South Beach and Viceroy Hotels in Palm Springs, Anguilla and Santa Monica.

www.kwid.com



Yabu Pushelberg, Toronto, New York

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The Hazelton Toronto by Yabu Pushelberg

With studios in New York and Toronto, Yabu Pushelberg is divided into six teams, comprised of design and project management personnel, specialising in luxury design. The firm was honoured with the Platinum Circle Award for their exceptional achievement in the hospitality industry whilst partners George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg have been inducted into the Interior Design magazine Hall of Fame.

Projects include the W Hotel Times Square, Smyth Tribeca and the St Regis Hotel San Francisco.

www.yabupushelberg.com



Pierre Yves Rochon, Paris

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The Peninsula Shanghai by Pierre Yves Rochon


Founded by Pierre Yves Rochon in 1979, PYR is world-renowned for its award-winning luxury hospitality interior environments. Their extensive experience within the luxury hospitality sector has enabled the firm to offer a comprehensive array of interior architecture and design services, including programming, conceptual development, schematic design, design development, FF&E specification, contract documentation and construction administration.

Projects include Four Seasons Hotels in Paris, Washington DC, Florence, Lisbon and Prague, as well as Hotel Sofitel New York and The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, amongst many more.

www.pyr-design.com



Denniston International Architects & Planners, Malaysia

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Amanyara Providenciales by Denniston


Denniston is a consulting firm structured to provide comprehensive design services in the fields associated to the hospitality industry, including site planning, architecture, interior design and hardscape. Belgian Jean-Michel Gathy is the principal designer, in 2006 he was inducted into the ‘Platinum Circle of Hospitality Design’ and honoured as an industry figure, whose career and achievements have contributed significantly to the world of hotel design.

Projects include The Chedi Muscat, The Viceroy Snowmass and Laem Son Villa 3 Phuket.

www.denniston.com.my


Alberto Pinto, Paris

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Alberto Pinto Hotel de la Victoire Headquarters by Alberto Pinto


The Alberto Pinto agency may be best known for it’s interior design of private residences, office buildings and hotels, but most interestingly the team of 60 also caters to yachts and private jets.

Hotel projects include La Residencia Canary Islands, The Grand Hotel Park Gstaad and Hostellerie de Plaisance Saint-Emilion.

www.albertopinto.com



United Designers, London

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Dolder Grand Zurich by United Designers

United Designers is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary consultancy based in London, responsible for some the city’s most innovative and acclaimed hotel and restaurant designs.

Hotel projects include the W Hotel Doha, the Dolder Grand Zurich, the Metropolitan London, the Marriott Grosvenor Square and The Clarence Hotel Dublin, as well as restaurants such as Maze Grill by Gordon Ramsay and Nobu London.

www.united-designers.com



Tihany Design, New York, Rome

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Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas by Tihany Design


Tihany Design is a multidisciplinary design atelier with expertise in a broad range of projects with concentration on hospitality design. Tihany Design’s aesthetic is self-described as ‘an unexpected integration of harmony and design’ with a focus on locality and the culture in which the project is installed.

Projects include One&Only Cape Town, Mandarin Oriental Geneva and The Joule Dallas.

www.tihanydesign.com



Chhada Siembieda and Associates, Hong Kong, Shanghai

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The President Wilson by Chhada Siembieda


Founded by Chandu Chhada and Don Siembieda in 1980, Chhada Siembieda and Associates offers interior design and related services, specialising in international hotels and resorts. The firm has currently completed some ninety projects worldwide, for clients such as Conrad International, Four Seasons, Hilton International and Hyatt International.

Projects include Ananda Spa Himalayas, Ambassador Hotel Taipei and the Wilson Hotel Geneva.

www.csa-hk.com



Jaya International, Jakarta

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The Setai Miami by Jaya International


Jaya International is an international agency based in Jakarta, Indonesia, specialising in architectural and interior design. Starting with involvement in leading hotel development in Bali, the agency has now completed projects in Singapore, Malaysia, Paris, India, Oman, Dubai, San Francisco and the Caribbean.

Projects include The Dharmawangsa Jakarta and the Four Seasons Villa Jimbaran Bali.

www.jayainternational.com