In the early days of Tablet, minimalism was the order of the day, and the predominant look for design hotels involved an awful lot of vaguely futuristic blank white space. The pendulum of fashion keeps on swinging, though, and today an eclectic, bohemian style, packed with historical resonances, reigns supreme. Color is the new white; texture is the new clean; and the minimalist maxim “less is more” has never felt further from the truth. (It’ll be back soon enough, though — but that’s a story for another time.)
Paris, France — It’s a sign of the times that Philippe Starck himself is now a designer of historic spaces. The rebirth of this Parisian nightlife classic began with a renovation of one of Starck’s first high-profile projects, architects and designers Vincent Bastie, Tristan Auer and Denis Montel weaving a number of historical threads into a richly textured postmodern fabric.
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Stockholm, Sweden — Ten years ago you could still count on a Scandinavian boutique hotel to pay homage to the utopian modernism of the 20th century, but today a lush, historically informed coziness is the mark of a truly chic Stockholm interior.
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London, England — The original Zetter was as modern as they come, but when the time came for a sequel, the Georgian townhouse provided the inspiration, and the décor reflects a century or more of accumulated history — no longer is the hip crowd turned off by references to the past.
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New York, New York — Just as the modernist-inspired Mad Men look was taking New York by storm, Jacques Garcia’s NoMad Hotel arrived with an entirely different perspective — that of a well-traveled Parisian with an eclectic array of influences.
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Florence, Italy — The Italians have never had a problem integrating the past and the present, and the phenomenal Soprarno Suites, where modern artworks and contemporary Italian design pieces sit under centuries-old frescoed ceilings, is a prime example of the trend.
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Cebu City, Philippines — An art-packed industrial-rehab feast for the senses in the Philippines? Why not? This hotel would make big enough waves in Hong Kong or Singapore, and the fact of its Cebu City location is proof that this trend has a truly global reach.
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Miami, Florida — We wouldn’t be so foolish as to claim that the old Versace mansion is imitating anyone else — this place has always been one of a kind. Still, it’s proof of the concept — this is “more is more” taken to its logical limit, to great effect.
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Amsterdam, Netherlands — In one sense it’s as minimal as they come — a one-suite hotel, with scarcely more service than a stand-alone apartment. But in the visual dimension, there’s hardly a square inch of the Mayer Manor that lacks for interest, and its design personality is key to its appeal.
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Toronto, Canada — A classic red-brick Victorian railway hotel provides the bones for an eclectic, era-spanning refurbishment — proof that the most modern of modern art can comfortably (and stylishly) co-exist with period architecture and near-baroque quantities of ornamentation.
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Los Angeles, California — This Sunset Boulevard classic is another one that’s quite indifferent to trends — it’s served as the inspiration for a legion of followers, and even though minimalism is destined to return, the Chateau will never go out of style.
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