Design Inspirations: World Class Hotels
DENNIS KEMPTON | Haven Magazine
Several months ago, I received, from a lovely friend, a set of three beautiful books, about 400 pages each. They are Taschen’s books on Paris, New York, and London. Each is a luxurious look at the hotels, restaurants, and shops of those three iconic cities.
I found myself drawn more to the pages about the hotels than most anything else. The beautiful furnishings and designs of rooms at such notable establishments as New York’s Lafayette House and the Mandarin Oriental; or Paris’s Hospes Lancaster and Hotel du Petit Moulin; or London’s Connaught and Claridge’s.
One need not have loads of money to replicate the looks of these exquisitely designed landmarks. One not even reproduce the rooms. Books like these are great source ideas for colours, layouts, and period influences whether the furnishings are Louis XVI inspired or sleek modern revelations. For the designing novice, seeing varying styles of furniture, wallpapers, and paints put together can inspire an artistic feel to one’s own personal spaces.
Failing that, Taschen’s substantial looking and feeling books are beautiful to peruse and have out for your guests to take in when visiting.