Hawaiian Hospitality Gets a Neon Makeover at the New Shoreline Hotel in Waikiki

Hawaiian Hospitality Gets a Neon Makeover at the New Shoreline Hotel in Waikiki

Designing for hospitality in Hawaii can often lean very cliché. I bet you’re already thinking of lush green Monstera and palm leaves, pink bulbous hibiscus flowers, cowrey shells and prints reminiscent of kitschy Hawaiian shirts, am I right? Not that those aren’t iconic motifs of Hawaii but hotels that incorporate these elements as the main focal points in their interior design run the risk of looking like every other hotel on the island, aka boring and overdone.

Dan Mazzarini of BHDM Design made sure you would never use those words at their recently completed project, the brand new Shoreline Hotel Waikiki. An explosion of neon and nature, this 56,000-square-foot, 135-room boutique hotel takes the concept of Hawaiian-inspired design and transforms it into a modern day interpretation that still feels authentic.

Guests check in at the open-air lobby and pass through ever-changing backdrops of multi-colored fluorescent hallways and stairwells of tropical wallpaper prints.

Once inside their rooms, guests are greeted with a custom topographic map of Hawaii. Each room is outfitted with custom carpet, bedding, drapery and furniture by BluDot and Missana, done in bright color ways and geometric shapes reminiscent of the Memphis design movement.

Fun fact: Did you know Dan Mazzarini left his own signature on the property? The “You Are Here” is done in his own handwriting.

Throughout the hotel, you’ll see the fun phrase “It’s pau hana somewhere” inscribed on message boards and mini fridges. (Pau hana literally translates to ‘finished work’ and is a Hawaiian spin on the popular phrase “It’s five o’clock somewhere.” It’s time to relax.)

Back on the first floor, a double ceiling lounge area features a custom white styrene “jungle wall” that’s activated by color change lights, a hanging installation of rattan cage light fixtures housing paper sculptures of birds native to Hawaii, and geometric-shaped furnishings including custom Acacia wood cocktail tables, a 14-foot-long sofa, modern yellow wingback chairs and blue metal end tables.

The lounge area gets a neon light treatment at night that looks like a glowing sunset.

A tropical mural of Hawaii’s landscape painted by California-based artist DJ Neff flanks the rooftop pool and provides a neon backdrop for morning swim.

What: The Shoreline Hotel Waikiki
Where: 342 Seaside Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
How much? Rooms start at approximately a grand opening special rate of $179 per night.
Highlights: Say Aloha! to your new favorite hotel on Oahu. The Shoreline Hotel Waikiki stands out from its neighbors for its “nature meets neon” experience and its design is inspired by the idea of a never-ending sunset.
Design draw: BHDM Design took traditional Hawaiian elements and gave them a neon facelift. Tropical greenery are all-white in this hotel. The usual color palette of lush green and acacia wood brown are replaced by bold, punchy colors of teal, pink, and yellow. All the while, the Hawaiian hospitality experience still feels authentic.
Book it: Visit the Shoreline Hotel Waikiki

Photos by Adam Kane Macchia.

from Design MilkDesign Milk https://design-milk.com/hawaiian-hospitality-gets-neon-makeover-new-shoreline-hotel-waikiki/

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4 Stellar Artworks in NYC This Summer

4 Stellar Artworks in NYC This Summer

Summer is the “off season” for the contemporary art world in New York – a time when galleries close on weekends and organize exhibitions that tend to be smaller (no laser-rooms), but more experimental. Here are our top four picks for this summer that are 100% worth visiting on your lunch break.

Grant Worth, Season’s Premier 2018

Grant Worth, Season’s Premier 2018

Grant Worth, Season’s Premier 2018

Grant Worth’s sculptures at the Feature Hudson Foundation in the Lower East Side are technicolor rainbows of an element called Bismuth, in the form of a modified Oscar. If you’re unfamiliar with the material, check out YouTube for a demonstration on how to melt and crystalize this brittle, low melting-point metal. This is the first time I’ve seen it used in fine art, and it excels far beyond a “material gimmick”, with mysterious complexity: playing off the body, celebrity culture, and display itself, all with alien rainbow crystals that are each unique.

Mario Navarro, Future Islands, 2016, Photo by Ricardo Guzman

“Almost Solid Light” at Paul Kasmin Gallery, 2018

Almost Solid Light: New Work from Mexico” is an intriguing and appropriately-timed group exhibition at Paul Kasmin Gallery, featuring several contemporary Mexican artists, many of which have never before exhibited in the USA. The entire show is flawless, but Mario Navarro’s “Future Islands” is my favorite: An unbroken chair and a simple white column create a curious impossibility that viewers can’t stop circling.

Yoshiaki Mochizuki, untitled 2/5, 2018

Yoshiaki Mochizuki, untitled 2/5 (detail)

Yoshiaki Mochizuki, untitled 3/21, 2018

Yoshiaki Mochizuki installation at Marlborough Contemporary, 2018

Artist Yoshiaki Mochizuki presents “Palenville” at Marlborough Contemporary in Chelsea. The geometric abstractions appear to change as you move around the room as thin metallic lines in each painting glow or disappear, catching the light from different angles. Made from gesso, clay and gold or palladium leaf, the lines are incised into the layered surfaces with an agate burnishing tool. Each abstraction is hung at the “artist’s height” of 5 feet 9 inches tall, higher than usual for a painting, lending to their collective unity and celestial vibe.

James Turrell – Wedgework V, 1974 © James Turrell, Photo: Tom Powel

James Turrell – Wedgework V, 1974 © James Turrell, Photo: Tom Powel

A mysterious 1974 light work titled “Wedgework V” by James Turrell is the hidden gem of the summer, located on the second floor of Lévy Gorvy Gallery uptown. A guard will kindly guide you through the pitch-black hallway to access the room-sized sculpture of red light and explain the rules, which include NOT stepping into the artwork and not using flash/flashlight. Your eyes will be rewarded while your brain will wonder what, or if, you’re actually seeing. It’s a mesmerizing mystery, and a space you’ll find difficult to leave.

Full information for visiting the four exhibitions is below:

What: Grant Worth: Seasons Premire
Where: Feature Hudson Foundation, 87 Rivington St, New York NY
When: May 11 – August 4, 2018 (summer hours: Wed-Sat 12-6)
Photos by David Behringer

What: Mario Navarro featured in “Almost Solid Light: New Work from Mexico
Where: Paul Kasmin Gallery, 515 W 27th St, New York NY
When: June 21 – August 10, 2018 (summer hours: Mon-Fri 10-6)
Photos by Ricardo Guzman, courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery

What: Yoshiaki Mochizuki: Palenville
Where: Marlborough Contemporary,  545 West 25th St (take internal stairs to 2nd floor)
When: June 21 – August 3, 2018 (summer hours: Mon-Fri 10-6)
Photos courtesy Marlborough Contemporary

What: James Turrell: Depth Perception
Where: Lévy Gorvy, 909 Madison Ave (take internal stairs to 2nd floor), New York NY
When: June 28 – August 18, 2018 (summer hours: Mon-Fri 10-6)
Photos © James Turrell, Photos: Tom Powel

from Design MilkDesign Milk https://design-milk.com/4-stellar-artworks-nyc-summer/

Yves Behar and Amir Mortazavi Launch 2nd CANOPY Shared Workspace Location

Yves Behar and Amir Mortazavi Launch 2nd CANOPY Shared Workspace Location

Shared workspaces have been popping up all over the world as more people work remotely and they’ve become incredibly appealing making joining one a no-brainer. One such establishment is CANOPY Jackson Square, a serene coworking space in San Francisco designed by Yves Behar and Amir Mortazavi of M-PROJECTS. Spanning 13,000-square-feet, the interior offers a modern, ergonomically designed environment that incorporates glass-enclosed private offices, open workstations, conference rooms, a lounge, a cafe, phone booths, a Mother’s Room, and an outdoor work terrace.

The soothing color palette pays homage to the surrounding neighborhoods of North Beach, Jackson Square, the Financial District, and Chinatown. They merged textured black and concrete surfaces with soft pinks and greens through layers of contemporary office furnishings from Herman Miller, including Behar’s own Sayl Chairs and Public Office Landscape Tables, Charles and Ray Eames Chairs, as well as Chadwick Modular Seating and Renew Sit-to-Stand Tables from Brian Alexander. CANOPY will also be using Herman Miller’s LiveOS system to raise and lower desks automatically to the correct height of the current user.

Along with the previously mentioned furnishings, they also brought in tables and planters by Eric Trine, Kettal outdoor furniture, Raw Edges for Mutina tiles, Concrete Cat mirrors, floating copper shelves by the co-founders, and custom conference tables designed by M-PROJECTS.

The copper-green building across the street, which is Francis Ford Coppola’s Sentinel Building, was the inspiration for the green color seen throughout.

The outdoor terrace houses 1,500-square-feet of space that’s partially covered and heated so it can be used year-round.

Photos by Joe Fletcher.

from Design MilkDesign Milk https://design-milk.com/yves-behar-and-amir-mortazavi-launch-2nd-canopy-shared-workspace-location/

Hannabi’s Box Hyperactive System Helps You Build Your Perfect Sofa or Bed

Hannabi’s Box Hyperactive System Helps You Build Your Perfect Sofa or Bed

Remember in grade school when you would make colorful creations using tangram blocks? Hannabi’s Box Hyperactive collection is kind of like that, only with furniture! The Budapest-based company designed a modular furniture collection that allows you to fully customize every element of your sofa: height, backrest, armrest, accessories, positions and compositions, seat surface, cushions, fabric, and metal accessories. If you’re at a loss on where to start, Hannabi created various models to get your design thinking started.

The collection can also be used to create your ideal bed as well.

To get started on your next sofa or bed, visit Hannabi.

from Design MilkDesign Milk https://design-milk.com/hannabis-box-hyperactive-system-helps-build-perfect-sofa-bed/

Frederik Roijé’s Dish of Desire Bird Feeders Are Designed for Birds to Feast

Frederik Roijé’s Dish of Desire Bird Feeders Are Designed for Birds to Feast

Because Frederik Roijé cares about nature, he designed four different bird feeders based on how many courses you want to feed them. Each Dish of Desire piece is composed of weather-resistant fine bone china, aluminum, and red cedar wood parts assembled into simple, yet sculptural hanging feeders. The white and wood designs come in multiple versions – one course, two course, three course, and five course –with layers you can stock with various seed types your birds can enjoy while you get to watch.

from Design MilkDesign Milk https://design-milk.com/frederik-roijes-dish-of-desire-bird-feeders-are-designed-for-birds-to-feast/

KC Design Studio Designs a Moody Black Apartment for a Single Person

KC Design Studio Designs a Moody Black Apartment for a Single Person

KC Design Studio is behind the design of this moody, black apartment in Taipei, Taiwan. Apartment L was designed for a single person who desired a more fluid layout and a darker color palette of grey, black, and wood tones. Despite the dark color scheme, the apartment still feels open and filled with natural light.

The open floor plan benefits the homeowner who enjoys entertaining, so the kitchen features an island with an attached dining table for both casual and sit-down meals. The setup allows for increased interaction with guests while continuing food and drink preparations.

Most of the walls were have a concrete texture finish while the rest of the surfaces were given a special black painted treatment. The wall behind the main kitchen counter was clad in wood helping to balance the space to prevent it from being too cold.

Open black and wood shelves provide much needed storage throughout without closing the interior off or making the spaces feel too heavy with bulky furniture.

Regular walls were removed or downsized to keep the space feeling open and filled with natural light.

from Design MilkDesign Milk https://design-milk.com/kc-design-studio-designs-a-moody-black-apartment-for-a-single-person/

French Design Says There’s No Taste for Bad Taste [VIDEO]

French Design Says There’s No Taste for Bad Taste [VIDEO]

In collaboration with the Institut français, VIA presented a global exhibition at this year’s ICFF that looks at the elegance of French Design. The exhibition, called NO TASTE FOR BAD TASTE so Starck, so Bouroullec… so le French Design features 40 design pieces chosen by 40 designers, to celebrate 40 years of VIA’s support of modern design, assembled within fun, irreverent scenography designed by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. The exhibition also included a program of conversations about design with de Castelbajac, as well as representatives from Fermob, Ligne Roset USA and designers like Valérie Maltaverne, Julie Richoz, and Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance. Editor-At-Large has the scoop:

For more about this exhibition and to see images of the pieces, follow Le French Design here.

from Design MilkDesign Milk https://design-milk.com/french-design-says-theres-no-taste-for-bad-taste-video/