JOI-Design Completes Reno of Marriott Hotels on the French Riviera
Wednesday June 5th, 2013 - 10:27AM CG
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LONDON—The public areas of two Marriott hotels on the French Riviera—JW Marriott Cannes and the AC Ambassadeur Juan-les-Pins—have been redone by JOI-Design.
Inspired by the Palais des Festivals, which was formerly located on the site of the JW Marriott, the design scheme is meant to evoke the sophisticated era of film star glamor, luxurious but without excess, according to the firm. Design elements include a subdued palette of greys, mahogany, black and ivory accented with warm gold and champagne tones. Material finishes include Carrara marble, Macassar Ebony timber, leather, velvet and silk.
Structural columns at the entrance were designed to emulate golden palms and the design of the port cochère now suggests a canopy of palm fronds. In addition, the lobby features a polished marble floor interspersed with seating areas defined by inlaid carpets with subtle, golden-toned palm frond patterns on a dark chocolate background.
Inside, the five-story lobby features vertical elements such as a sacred temple; light sculpture of delicate golden “leaves” cascades 20 m down into the center of the space; and vertical columns encased in creamy marble bathed in filtered sunlight from above. Horizontal rows of balconies, also marble-clad, are accentuated and reflected in the mirrored ceiling above.
The bar is a statement piece of sculptural curves finished in Macassar Ebony timber and burnished gold, with glass pendant lights above adding ambience. An adjacent wall displays a wine rack feature constructed of a delicate rose-gold mesh in which bottles are suspended. In addition, the JW Grill features finishes of stone flooring, leather upholstery and dark timber joinery.
According to the firm, the design scheme for the AC Ambassadeur Hotel was to create a balance between the city and the countryside. Inspiration was taken from the locality—the seascape and associated maritime culture, regional architecture and the town’s proximity to the Gould Pine Grove with its celebrated jazz concerts. The combination of warm sandy hues, azure blue, teak wood, leather and polished stone is a response to the hotel’s environment. Artistic subtleties include the reception desk’s glass lamps loosely modelled after the rope buoys found in marinas and the staccato movement of the abstract black and white paintings in the lobby, meant to convey the jazzy spirit of Antibes.
The reception area features elements such as subtle patterns, elegant mirrors and decorative glass lighting. Large windows maximize garden views while the addition of shutters and voiles softens and filters the strong midday sun.
The hotel’s restaurant, Fushi, features contemporary white-on-white candelabras mixed with a muted range of taupe tones and monochromatic artwork whose images of grass are a nod to the rolling fields of Provence. Meanwhile, the library offers a bespoke window feature made from varying sizes of richly grained teakwood boxes.
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