Ara Design International was asked to refurbish the public areas of the Radisson Hotel in Paris. “We not only needed to remodel existing public areas but the project also involved the rebranding of the whole hotel into the Marriott Hotel and we were a part of this exciting transformation” says Harry Gregory, founder and partner at Ara Design International.
Ara Design International celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and apart from designing new built 5 star hotels interiors for international operators worldwide, this type of refurbishment project is not unusual for the company. Ara International also designs resort spas, boutique hotels, restaurants and private residences.
The Marriott Paris venture was a very fast track project. Ara Design Asia sister office, situated in Bali, allows for tailored 24h design service. Such advantage means that, although on a tight time schedule, quality and detail are never sacrificed.
The Marriott Paris, situated at 16 Boulevard Haussmann in the heart of Paris opera district, was built in 1920s and is fine example of restrained Art Deco architecture. Therefore, spaces like this need to be sensibly designed, according to history, location and moreover bearing operator’s requirements in mind.
Many hotel guests today are multitasking more than ever flowing seamlessly between social, business, creative and personal tasks. Ara Design set a goal to accommodate these changing behaviour and allow this level of flexibility in residential, warm, familiar interiors. Andre Avedian, partner of Ara Design International London, says:
“The people we design for should feel like they found the comfort of home on the road during their busy agendas and while travelling.”
The interiors reflect the feel of 1920’s which are to be found in chandeliers and soft furnishings coupled with today’s modern technology.