Irvine Marriott Hotel Unveils New Lobby, Lounge and Restaurant
Friday February 7th, 2014 - 10:05AM GC
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IRVINE, CA—The Irvine Marriott Hotel has added a new dining venue: FLOE Lounge.
According to the company, the lounge blends high-concept interior design with advanced technology and fine art—all interpreted through the lens of popular psychology.
"In keeping with Marriott International's ‘Travel Brilliantly' initiative, FLOE at the Irvine Marriott introduces an exciting new downtown vibe to coastal Orange County," said Scott McCoy, general manager of the Irvine Marriott Hotel. "Our new lobby, lounge and restaurant are designed to be a destination where today's stylish travelers and locals alike can gather to enjoy a warm but modern setting that is approachable, sophisticated and luxurious—yet true to its coastal roots."
Designed by Leo A Daly, FLOE Lounge features flexible gathering spaces for both social interaction and entertaining, or private reflection. Daly's high-concept design was also inspired by coastal Orange County's beaches, which is conveyed through the natural, soft color palette and clean lines of the space that draw inspiration from sand, ocean and driftwood. The design further reflects the influence of the region's marinas, with metal cabling that resembles ship rigging and an abstract macro photograph of a yacht in the lobby.
Set for completion early this month, FLOE Lounge offers seating areas and decorative accents with a palette that includes coastal blue, gray and yellow punctuated by vibrant reds and highlighted by works by local artists. Each area provides flexible, movable seating and tabletop components, as well as WiFi access and outlets for electronic devices. In addition, a specially designed, acoustically enhanced alcove within the lounge will host emerging local musical acts on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
The dining area includes a nod to nautical influences, such as the up-lit stainless steel cables—reminiscent of cordage on a ship. Large-cut white limestone flooring also connects the two spaces, evoking the feeling of an ice floe, and paying homage to the destination's name, according to the company. Southern California artist Jennifer Prichard's ceramic barnacle sculptures also extend the ocean theme.
In addition, there is an indoor marble fireplace with low-slung sofas and armchairs. Outdoors, seating areas have been designed around fire features. There is also a ping pong table 70-in. TV and LED lighting.
Tags: Irvine Marriott • Leo A Daly • Hospitality • Architecure & Interiors • Construction/Renovation •
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