Ten Best Designed Hotel Lobbies

Hotel Lobbies are a great, perhaps, the only way to create a lasting first impression on their guests. The lobby, in part, gives you a preview of the hotel’s investments made on the extravagant designs or the peculiar theme to follow suit. We round up the ten best designed hotel lobbies from around the world that worked up an appetite for us to find out what more to expect from the hotel’s rooms.

Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort, Thailand


Designed by P49, the hotel lobby has an enigmatic white and black photograph on the ceiling of the porte-cochère. The large, modern stainless steel chandelier hung in the middle of the reception hall is an exceptional addition to the monochromatic décor. The lobby area influenced by a Thai Pavilion creates a stunning first impression along with the inclusion of few modern and abstract elements reinterpreting the Northern Thai culture has been infused into the design.

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Where Architecture Meets Cinematography

Chibi Moku is a dynamic team comprising a cinematographer and photographer duo that travel the world, live in an RV and shoot incredible architecture along the way. They have exhibited their exceptional works on Archh.com and generated some amazing response for it as well; so in retrospect, we compile the four most-viewed projects of the lot.

The duo, Joshua and Natsuko Shaffer, sold everything they owned in Osaka, Japan and moved to America to pursue their passion of ‘sharing the stories of architects and designers.’ Armed with cameras in hand and ingenuity up their sleeve, they have captured the essence of contemporary architecture along their journey.

“Photography captures the aesthetics of architecture, but cinematography tells a different story” says J. Shaffer “It’s not just about the science, engineering, or even art, but rather ‘What defines contemporary architecture and design for our time?’ As storytellers, we help to make that mark on history. We like to make sure we dig into all angles of the story…including humor!”

Chibi Moku has filmed all over Asia and the South Pacific, however they spend most of their time in the continental United States. They are releasing 20 brand new projects between August and September this year and plan to film in the Pacific Northwest for the fall. The duo has ambitious plans to finish shooting in Florida and pack and move to Europe, to cover the breathtaking architecture of Greece and Italy next year. “I want to film architecture in every country in the world!” says Natsuko Shaffer. “It’s interesting to see how, for instance, Japanese architecture is used even in western worlds…even in places that you would least expect…like Nebraska!”

PROJECT 1: San Clemente Home, California


As you walk into this beautiful house in San Clemente, California, you are likely to notice the curved and rounded interior as opposed to its contrasting geometrical exterior. This is Dupuis Designs’ flagship project; the modern Californian-styled home features Peggy Dupuis’ signature red-painted (also the load-bearing) wall complementing the customized bay windows that stretch along the expanse of the house. The decorations and furnishings are simple, blending white, anthracite grey and black, with a hint of light-colored wood. The entire house, designed on low-energy consumption model, has clever set of window openings, glass doors and skylights that provide natural air conditioning.

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Project 2:  E11EVEN Nightclub, Miami 


Designed by Telesco Associates Inc., E11EVEN is a one-of-a-kind upscale 24/7 nightclub in Miami where the design thrives on the concept of a nightclub meets Cirque du Soleil meets international cabaret. This 25,000 square feet, two-storey club is equipped with a bar in the main room, has a mini-podium with a large centre pillar, a lit-up cage and an LED wall that grabs your attention as soon as you step into the club. The centre of the main room has a hydraulic stage that can rise to the mezzanine level, or be transformed into a dance floor. 

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Our favorite online stores for shopping of interior products

There are many perks to online shopping; e-commerce allows you to browse through a wider range of goods and compare prices, features and customer service before committing to a purchase. It is relatively easier and faster to hunt down ten specialized items on e-commerce sites than walking down aimlessly through numerous aisles of the actual store before finally making the pick. Online home décor stores are an absolute blessing. Rather than running around like a headless chicken, a click of a button can recreate your dream room setting.  

Browse through our highly recommended sites for choosing your home décor …

Chairish : Created for the love of chairs…. but this online store has much more more to offer people obsessed with vintage and used designer furniture. Go check it out!

One Kings Lane : Online marketplace for top designer brands and vintage pieces, and do check out those flash sales.

Chaplins : One of the oldest furniture brands in UK, feast your eyes on over 180 high-end brands…

Laura Ashley  : The most extensive range of home furnishings… enough said!

BoConcept allows you to design your furniture in 3D and offers free interior design consultation. Why go anywhere else?

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Our favorite online stores for shopping of interior products

There are many perks to online shopping; e-commerce allows you to browse through a wider range of goods and compare prices, features and customer service before committing to a purchase. It is relatively easier and faster to hunt down ten specialized items on e-commerce sites than walking down aimlessly through numerous aisles of the actual store before finally making the pick. Online home décor stores are an absolute blessing. Rather than running around like a headless chicken, a click of a button can recreate your dream room setting.  

Browse through our highly recommended sites for choosing your home décor …

Chairish : Created for the love of chairs…. but this online store has much more more to offer people obsessed with vintage and used designer furniture. Go check it out!

One Kings Lane : Online marketplace for top designer brands and vintage pieces, and do check out those flash sales.

Chaplins : One of the oldest furniture brands in UK, feast your eyes on over 180 high-end brands…

Laura Ashley  : The most extensive range of home furnishings… enough said!

BoConcept allows you to design your furniture in 3D and offers free interior design consultation. Why go anywhere else?

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International Green Wall Conference 4-5th September 2014

Architecture, Design & Innovation

Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent

Meeting the Challenge of a Sustainable Urban Future: the contribution of green walls

Anyone concerned with the quality of life in urban areas will find the conference of interest.

Green walls are an important component of Green Infrastructure – possibly the only cost-effective approach to coping with some of the immense challenges currently facing urban areas:

  • Climate change (coping with extreme events, e.g. heat waves, flooding),
  • Pollution (including health impacts),
  • Lack of wildlife habitat,
  • Social problems (including mental health) resulting from high-density urban living.

Green walls are easier to retrofit than many alternatives, take up less space, and can be rapidly deployed.

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The Green Wall Centre

At Staffordshire University researchers have been studying the environmental and biodiversity values of green facades and different living wall systems in Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Birmingham, London and the Greater London area.

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Best Mobile Apps For Architects And Interior Designers

Latest apps and gizmos have given the design industry the ultimate edge to visualize their ideas and deliver exactly along those lines. These apps promise to reduce the turnaround time of your creative processes by offering precision and skill. From the most-reviewed to the least known, we offer you a roundup of the ten best apps available on your phone and tablets today.

 1.  Morpholio board

The Morpholio board is a must-have app for interior designers, architects, photographers or any members of the creative field who love to create a visual imagery for their creative ideas. This mobile app lets you design, draw, collage, pin or blog, more on the lines of curating a ‘digital scrapbook.’ For example, you can skim through the app’s curated furniture, accessories and materials from the gallery and add them to your board, subtract the background and create a working collage. If there are images you not using that moment but wish to keep it around, “Conference Table” option allows you to retain the images on the margins. You can even tag objects you have sourced from the gallery or web and compile an Item List that can be effortlessly shared with your global network using the app’s built-in cloud. You can buy the app here.

 
2. Magicplan
 
‘Create a floor plan in minutes’ and that’s exactly how the app delivers.  Ideal for architects, interior designers, real estate agents and furniture retailers, it can take measurements of your rooms and draw your floor plans without you having to move your furniture or taking actual measurements. All you have to do is click photos and the app creates a floor plan for you. You could also add objects, annotations, and attributes to create an inside map. You can also create 3D views and exports. Presently, the app is available on iOS and Android platform and moreover, it’s free for personal use.
 
3.  Sketchup viewer
So earlier this year, SketchUp unveiled its first-ever tablet product—SketchUp Mobile Viewer for iPad— that allows “on the go” access to different models or files and data from 3D Warehouse. Users can avail similar features like orbit, pan, zoom to present their customized 3D models to clients. It also incorporates BIM capabilities for the first time and comes at a price tag of $9.99 from Apple’s app store.
 
4.  Arcat
 
If you are constantly searching for product manufacturers and suppliers, then look no further! Arcat is the best buy for architects, engineers and contractors for its extensive database comprising over 11,000 listings of building product manufacturers with contact information including addresses, phone numbers, and website and email links. It has the most comprehensive and updated building product information including libraries for CAD Details, BIM content and specifications. Install it today from Google Play and iTunes.
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India: A Vibrant Culture

So India celebrated its Independence Day last week on August 15 and has a host of exciting festivals this month. Sixty-seven glorious years of personal and creative freedom! The country with its varied culture and heritage has inspired many designers. Enshrouded in mythology and mystical lore, immersed in history and garbed in multitude of ethnicities, India is a fascinating nation whichever way you look at it. As an interior designer, what is it that you recall when you think of India? Is it their festivities, colorful celebrations? Is it the polytheistic culture and animal gods? Is it Bollywood – their staple dose of dance and drama? Or their eternal symbol of love – the Taj Mahal?
Whatever be it, we think any décor that draws inspiration from India will turn out absolutely stunning! We create a lookbook of some authentic Indian styles and its interesting international adaptations, some coy and quirky Indian brand labels reinterpreting India and more. Read on…
French artist Karen Racicot’s apartment definitely draws on Indian and Asian influences. Also, who doesn’t enjoy a good splash of colour? Hindus have an entire festival dedicated to colours – Holi !!!
 

 
Enticing colours, silk and patchwork, Indian artwork and detailing: put it all together, and we have our favorite pick of the lot!
Jhoolas or Indian swings have traditionally been part of many ancestral Indian homes. 
A Rajasthan inspired bedroom with ornate jaali or latticework detailing
Jaali partitions were a crucial design element of many Indian palaces as it would cut down heat and improve air circulation.
 

 
A Traditional South Indian home décor
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