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
Named after Winston Churchill’s much-loved miniature poodle, the new Rufus Champagne Parlour in Melbourne is a unique concept in after-dark wining and dining. Interior Designer, Gwenda McDougall of Cashmere Turtle, was tasked in creating a contemporary space that had an olde-worlde feel with a particular emphasis on luxury and sophistication.
For this project, Gwenda used velvet upholstery to give an instant sense of luxury, heightening the glamorous space. Chateau by James Dunlop in colours Lake and Kea covers the diamond-tucked chesterfield banquette and the Italian wood-framed lounge chairs. Along with the broad range of colours available in Chateau; it provided the exact visual and textural feel Gwenda was looking for. A large pair of French chandeliers take pride of place in the champagne parlour and their warmth casts reflection onto the velvet.
For a final pop of colour, Gwenda selected Uptown by James Dunlop in the sensational colour Petal for the accent feature chair. This created a visual link between the custom made lampshade and the mirror on the bespoke minibar, both of which are in the same tone of pink.
The result is a luxurious and glamorous space; the perfect champagne parlour.