For anyone with a keen eye for design, travelling the world often means picking up a wealth of interiors inspiration along the way. Just as superyacht designers are pushing boundaries in an effort to create something entirely bespoke and ultra-luxurious, high-end hotels are working harder, in a competitive market, to stand out from the crowd. So the next time you check in, says Tory Kingdon, take a look around: you may well find inspiration for your upcoming project.
Sir Joan Hotel, Ibiza
Where better to seek design inspiration for your yacht than a hotel inspired by the maritime culture of its location? The Sir Joan Hotel in Ibiza was designed by Tel Aviv-based studio Baranowitz & Kronenberg in collaboration with Paolo Castelli, with the intention of reflecting life at sea. As well as a striking colour palette of sea greens, grey and copper, which would look beautiful on a yacht, the lobby and bar area features a dark wood nut floor juxtaposed with a reflective polished aluminium lamella mirror finish on the ceiling. “The changing light on the ceiling is intended to alter the mood of the room, but also to replicate the movement of the sky and the sea,” says Castelli.
A central feature is the bar, made from stainless steel and evoking ocean waves through its undulating shape. “It was inspired by the bollards that keep ships at bay,” says the designer. Stainless steel also lines the walls in the bar area, in the form of mottled wall panels. “These flood the space with shimmering reflections,” says Castelli. A large rug in the lounge area is intended to call to mind the tattoos of old mariners. With so much to draw the eye, furniture is kept trim and contemporary.