W Hotel: Design In Focus - W BOGOTA

source: http://theangle.whotels.com/design-focus-w-bogota-goes-gold/



All that glitters may not be gold, but at W Bogota in Colombia, the gilded interior design is nothing but pure. Inspired by El Dorado, the legend of a lost golden city, the designers behind the hotel tell a story in the details. Combining the history of a vibrant country with contemporary cultural symbols, the hotel interior brings the design elements of the bustling capital inside.



We talked to Ted Jacobs, W Design Leader, about the secrets behind the hotel’s design elements to get an inside perspective on the best art and design spots to see during your stay.


“One of the inspirations for design at W Bogota was the story of El Dorado, or the search for the land of gold. One key aspect of the story focuses on the Muisca king who was covered from head to toe in gold dust by his followers. He was then pushed out on a royal raft on to Lake Guatavita in Colombia. We took that insight and developed an iconic ‘raft-like’ bed in each of the W Bogota’s guest rooms. While guests certainly aren’t aware of it, each is treated like royalty.”


From blinged-out bathrooms to gilded pillows, these 14 karat touches make every guest feel like a million bucks.




Mosaic blue tiles, a glowing indoor pool, and a raft-like bed designed after the golden king’s underwater journey – inspiration flows in every room.




Textiles and textures bring the natural elements of Colombia’s lush mountain forests, blooming flower markets, and glittering coastline from the outside, in.





Local graffiti artist EKS1 brings a contemporary city twist to the luxe Living Room interior, painting a neon-splashed mural that’s fresh from the streets of Bogota.

DDC New York

DDC New York

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Studio GAIA Launches Asia Office (via Sleeper Magazine)


New York-based hospitality interior design firm Studio Gaia has announced the opening of its new Asia office in Seoul, South Korea.

Located in the district of Gangnam, the firm plans to secure interior design projects in Asia Pacific, with Senior Design Manager Seuk Hoon Kim appointed as Creative Director.

“As Studio Gaia was previously focusing more on North America and Latin America hospitality projects, this first international office of Studio Gaia in Seoul will be the new outpost to satisfy the fast-paced needs of Asia and Pacific market,” comments Seuk Hoon Kim.

Since it was founded in 1996, Studio Gaia has completed a number of hospitality projects around the world including W Hotel Mexico City and W Hotel Seoul; Dream Hotel Midtown New York; W Hotel Bogota; The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Herzliya Israel; Kiryat Anavim Spa Hotel Israel; and Busan Paradise Hotel in South Korea.

Studio Gaia has recently completed W Hotel Panama City, expected to open in January 2018, while designs are currently under way for properties in Washington DC, Turks and Caicos, Chile and South Korea.



(Source: http://www.sleepermagazine.com/studio-gaia-launches-asia-office/