Nestled close to the city of Melbourne and just a stone’s throw from the Chadstone Shopping Centre is the MGallery by Sofitel. This 5 star hotel will be the first Green Star hotel in Australia once fully operational in 2020.
Designed by architects, DWP the hotel combines exclusivity and comfort that transports guests into a world of glamour and opulence. The hotel’s operator Accor Hotels, together with the owners of Chadstone Shopping Centre, dubbed ‘The Fashion Capital’, were keen to create an ‘experience’ for guests taking inspiration from vintage 1920s and the legendary fashion designers from the 20th century.
Heading up the interior fit out, designer Bates Smart was briefed with creating a contemporary interior fusing together ‘threads’ from key moments in the 20th century. With an overarching theme of the ‘journey of fashion’ the opulent and glamourous interiors required luxurious yet eco-friendly fabrics that would reach the status of a Green Star building.
To achieve a Green Star rating the designers were tasked with not only sourcing exquisite fabrics but those that met all the necessary building standards including the standards for Green Star rating.
Zepel Fabrics were specified for furniture and drapery for their large range of textures, including luxurious velvets including Zepel’s FibreGuard range. FibreGuard is unique in what it delivers. Stain resistant, durable, easy to clean and green conscious - attributes that make an ideal solution for a Green Star hotel.
“I find when I’m looking for fabrics that need to be robust, as with a hotel, the result can appear quite generic,” says architect James Campbell, Portfolio Director of DWP in Australasia. “We found the Zepel range to be far from the case, unique and also at a price point that allowed us to use it liberally, rather than just keeping it for restricted areas,” he says. Zepel’s properties such as eco friendliness and having a minimum 10-year life span were also appealing to the design team.
The French inspired Presidential Suite, includes a range of velvets in particular Russian velvets and the ‘Cuzco’ (12111) for the sofa in the penthouse suite. ‘Flow’ drapery for the penthouse curtains, in an onyx hue, added a level of sophistication to the design.
Other products featured include:
Warlock Velvet, col noir
Restful, col domino
Recline, col onyx
FR Gosh col pelican
Couchevel, col dove
Warlock Velvet, col olive
Havana, col silver
Located in one of Sydney’s best beachside locations, this recently renovated 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom apartment provides a calming and inviting haven for a family in Manly.
I+D Studio | McNally Architects worked collaboratively with the owner to achieve an easy to maintain home reflecting the beachside environment.
The brief was to redesign and renovate the existing apartment and address the spatial planning to create a functional and restful space for the family to enjoy.
Taking inspiration from the local area, the warm neutral, soft tones of the beach and the deep green/blue from the ocean, McNally Architects have ensured these elements flow through the interiors to connect to the outside environment. The design required a specific colour palette and mood in searching for the feature patterns in the interiors scheme. Two of the key feature prints are sourced from the James Dunlop Textile ranges.
The Mokum by Catherine Martin La Palma wallpaper in Gilver provided the perfect backdrop for the clients study nook, and fit the coastal aesthetic that can be seen throughout the rest of the apartment.
Designs of the Time Karakum print created a nice connection with the two spaces. The large format pattern had a direct link to the colour palette in the wallpaper and the linen fabric was the perfect choice for a beach apartment.
The light colour palette in the flooring and finishes makes the space appear larger and are offset by the stronger colours used in the fabric and furniture selection.
The overall result is a family home with an inviting and contemporary ambiance.
Designers: I+D STUDIO | MCNALLY ARCHITECTS
Photography: Craig Wall
The Hotel Grand Windsor, MGallery in Auckland’s CBD is a heritage building that has been extensively redeveloped transforming this 1920s art deco site into a luxury 5-star hotel. Recently awarded the ‘best new hotel’ at the World Boutique Hotel Awards, Hotel Grand Windsor is a perfect blend of classic and art deco design with accents of elegance.
The original architecture and interiors provided lead designers, Space Studio with a great foundation in which to create the luxury aesthetic that is identifiable with an MGallery Hotel.
The brief for Space Studio was to turn what was a 3-star, dilapidated backpackers into an international hotel brand reflecting a boutique and feminine aesthetic.
In doing so, they researched the history of the building and worked on the concept of the Windsor Jewels. This resulted in four key themes: Aquamarine, emerald, tourmaline, and amethyst that have been introduced though the guest rooms.
To ensure the interior scheme was carefully coordinated throughout, a consistent colour palette has been used in the wall coverings with room themes achieved through applying different interior elements and soft furnishings.
Key to the project brief was the specification of fit for purpose fabrics that meet all the necessary standards for a hospitality/commercial build while delivering the brief on colour, quality and aesthetic for each space.
Space Studio worked closely with the James Dunlop team to source specific fabrics for all furniture upholstery including sofas, chairs, headboards, poufs and accessories such as cushions and trims as well as drapery. Heavy duty, fire resistant and fire retardant fabrics that delivered a high end aesthetic were crucial to the success of the Windsor Jewels concept.
Fabrics were selected based on their ability to create the different themes yet at the same time, keeping it simple for housekeeping. The interior design needed to be as uncomplicated as possible. Headboards throughout the hotel were specified in Chateau, Barbarian and Code with other key furniture and accent pieces featuring:
Sofas – Rich, Astoria, Izmir, Pebovino
Cushions – Rich, Couture, Hudson
Bar stools – Joker, Maestro
Dining chairs – Maestro, Joker
Lounge chairs – Ripple, Amigo, Bahia, Maestro, Limelight Velvet, Pebovino
Desk chairs – Crocovino, Ripple, Grandstand
Poufs – Ripple
Curtain blackout – Obelisk
Private dining curtain - Seasonal
Chairs were designed with decorative fabrics on the back and a heavy duty upholstery fabric on the internal side. Space Studio specified James Dunlop fabrics for their design and ability to look good over time.
The hotel lobby, restaurant and bar were designed as one flowing space. You can eat anywhere within these areas, giving guests the flexibility in how the space is used. This required the furniture to be able to withstand high traffic, stains and spills. Durable, easy clean fabrics were vital for this project and the James Dunlop range offered Space Studio the ideal solution.
Alongside the fit-out, branding delivery and customer service were carefully considered, keeping the continuity throughout so that the total scheme resonates.
The entire redevelopment was completed over a two year period, while the backpackers was still operating. Gradually, the fit out was undertaken from the top floor down with completion in July 2017.