Hotel design is as intracal to the hotel as amenities and service, the position of furniture, unique art work, blooming flowers, and complimentary colors all lead to the overall mood of the stay.
Some colors - like blues and neutrals - promote relaxation and rest, while some shapes - like straight lines and narrow edges - evoke energy and liveliness. When hotels solicit designers to help spruce up their rooms, you know the end result is going to be nothing short of stylish.
Diane von Furstenburg designed her own suite at Claridges in London, The Plaza Hotel in New York designed a suite dedicated to their resident live-in storybook character Eloise, and now Vivienne Tam launches her designed suite at the Hotel ICON in Hong Kong.
Hotel ICON unveiled the designer's suite as part of its mission to showcase iconic artists and designers. Tam is an alumnus of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), which owns Hotel ICON.
According to the hotel, Tam set out to create a one-off suite inspired by her New York flat -where she currently resides- while embracing the modern Chinese style she's know for.
The suite is located on the 27th floor of the hotel overlooking Victoria Harbour, and uses Chinese accents and the principles of feng shui throughout, giving guests a little glimpse into Tam's private home.
Photos of the suite show a spacious room with rich wood colors, eccentric shapes and bright accents - a deep red sofa in the living room, purple bed in the bedroom, and white artwork and mixed-pattern pillows at a touch of whimsical to this trendy room. While most people look out for a view, Tam put one of the best views on the ceiling: a Chinese screen.
Throughout the suite, Tam added personal touches including her own custom-made art pieces including a portrait of "Opera Girl," made entirely of Swarovski crystals.
To add substance to the suite, Hotel ICON is offering a package that includes a night's accommodation in the designer's new suite, complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and mixed berries, a 90-minute massage for two at Angsana Spa by Banyan Tree, a 7-course set dinner for two at Above & Beyond Chinese Restaurant, breakfast for two and discount vouchers for gift purchasesâ€¨ from HKD 6000. Melanie Nayer is a hotel reviewer and expert on luxury travel around the world. She has covered all aspects of hotels including corporate restructures, re-branding initiatives, historical aspects and the best of the best in luxury hotels around the world.
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