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Zaha Hadid Architects Remakes a Luxe Makeup Brand

Posted by on June 13, 2018 in Projects | 0 comments

For the self-described “100 percent high maintenance” luxe makeup brand Il Makiage, transforming that confidence and swagger into a bold new pop-up pavilion to celebrate its recently released 800-product line required special attention. And there is only one firm that truly embodies that avant-garde ethos: Zaha Hadid Architects. Located in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, the renowned firm’s London office led by Kar-Hwa Ho crafted a monochromatic, skeletal-like tunnel, which houses the collection of colorful, lush lipsticks and velvety, matte foundations. The intimate space takes cues from the company’s simple yet sleek black, white, and silver packaging.

Photos courtesy of Il Makiage

HD was there for the press preview before it’s official launch on June 1st to see the striking structure in person. Comprising interlocking fiber-reinforced plastic ribbons that alternate between gloss and matte finishes and illuminated from within, it’s a wholly visceral experience that showcases the products’ pigmentation.

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Hotel Flashback: An Old San Francisco Mainstay Soldiers On

Posted by on April 18, 2018 in Hospitality, Projects

By Mary Beth Klatt

Rank has its privileges in the military. Case in point: Pershing Hall at the Presidio in San Francisco. The Colonial Revival red-brick building with Georgian and Federal Revival elements is named after famed general John “Blackjack” Pershing, who served at the Presidio of San Francisco. It was a handsome home away from home for high-ranking, bachelor officers for decades. The three-story hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is now 22-room boutique hotel Inn at the Presidio. San Francisco firms Architectural Resources Group and BraytonHughes Design Studios collaborated on the $7 million renovation.

The Inn at the Presidio’s updated exteriorThe building’s story starts in 1903, when these quarters housed 16 bachelor officers. Each of the top-tier officers had a private two-room suite that included a living room, bedroom, and bath, according to Presidio Trust architect and associate director of architecture Rob Wallace. Servants in a rear wing cooked, cleaned, and did laundry for the officers, who shared a common kitchen and dining room. Continue reading →

Hotel Flashback: A Desert Oasis Reborn in Scottsdale

Posted by on March 14, 2018 in Projects | 1 comment

By Mary Beth Klatt

The original Mountain Shadows resort, built in 1959 in Scottsdale, had a distinctive Rat Pack appeal. The sprawling building, designed by real estate developer Del Webb, had the largest known swimming pool in Arizona. It attracted Hollywood actors such as Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Elizabeth Taylor, and Robert Stack, among others. They came to enjoy golfing, swimming, and drinking cocktails while listening and dancing to a live orchestra at night in the shadows of the Camelback and Mummy Mountains.

Hearth ’61 in the upgraded Mountain Shadows from Mark Zeff

The sunken living room at Mountain Shadows

The resort eventually closed in 2004 and remained vacant for more than a decade. Expectations were high when Westroc Hospitality and Woodbine Development eventually acquired and demolished the iconic facility, and for $100 million rebuilt a more intimate, 183-room hotel with 41 new resort condominiums, which opened last year.

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3 Steps to Rebuild After a Natural Disaster

Posted by on January 10, 2018 in Hospitality, Projects

The tranquil guestroom at Ventana Big Sur

By Rachel Fischbach, Principal, BraytonHughes Design Studios

We are often asked by clients to help them rebuild after a devastating event. Whether it’s a fire, flood, earthquake, or other disaster, how do you pick up the pieces and start to rebuild? Below are the three things we always ask ourselves when designing a new project, which hold true when rebuilding one, too:

1. What is the story that we want to create?
The original Casa Dorinda in Santa Barbara, California, for example, was a grand estate built in the early 1900s, and though the property had been restored recently, the adjacent dining room that was built in the 1970s did not connect to the Spanish revival style of the estate. We, therefore, took design cues from the original Casa and tried to seamlessly blend the spaces, which is reflected in the furnishings, color palette, architectural details, and iron lighting. Continue reading →

Hotel Flashback: Talbott Hotel’s European-Inspired Facelift

Posted by on October 24, 2017 in Hospitality, Projects | 1 comment

By Mary Beth Klatt

Located in the heart of Chicago’s posh Gold Coast neighborhood with the Magnificent Mile nearby for upscale shopping and dining, the iconic Talbott Hotel, a Joie de Vivre hotel, was originally designed by John Archibald Armstrong and built in 1927. It was time, then, for the hotel to get a bit of a facelift. Following a $20 million renovation, local designer Kara Mann, retained the hotel’s classic Renaissance Revival charm with a top-to-bottom update of the 90-year-old building.

Copper accents in the neutral-toned guestrooms at the Talbott Hotel. Photo by Laure Joliet.

The Talbott is one of a few remaining European-style boutique hotels in Chicago, according to Don Copper, principal at GREC Architects, the architecture firm chosen for the renovation. With the overhaul, the goal was to maintain the hotel’s intimate feel but in a modern way by updating F&B service throughout the lobby and relocating the front desk to a remote space away from the entryway. Continue reading →