hospitality interiors

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El Fenn Hotel, Marrakech

An old Riad turned into a stylish boutique hotel, where the charm of the preserved heritage meets a contemporary decor: with eclectic furniture and modern art. The luxury hotel includes 20 individually styled rooms, three swimming pools, a library, traditional hammam, an outstanding view terrace and three courtyards.

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Henrietta Hotel, 14/15 Henrietta St - Covent Garden - London

Owned by the collective behind the Experimental Group - the ones of the Experimental Cocktail Club in London Chinatown and the Grand Pigalle Hotel in Paris- and designed by Dorothee Meilichzon (CHOZN), the hotel is located on Henrietta Street, within two four-story townhouses from the late 19th century. The hotel includes 18 rooms, one restaurant and a cocktail bar. The vibe is relaxed and the decor is actually cool with- it goes without saying- an eclectic style: classic plaster ornaments harmoniously coexist with vintage and modern furniture, mirrored surfaces, brass lamps and marble coverings. 

No Privacy - 2010

A collection of office furniture and outdated patient files found inside an abandoned Psychiatric Hospital.

Entry Prohibited - 2016

Decay at its best inside an abandoned Ontario institution.

This is what gets me excited about exploring abandoned buildings, the promise of natural decay as a building slowly rots away due to the elements.  Seeing all the different layers of material on the walls slowly falling off as water intrudes through the roof of the building, it’s a sight to be seen.  In the upper right hand corner of the image you can see the last remaining layer, the brickwork, has slowly been exposed over the years.  It also helps when you have great light to create the right mood for the scene.
Ontario, Canada.

JOSEF HOFFMANN, Sanatorium, Purkersdorf, Austria, 1904, photography by KEIICHI TAHARA

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                         The Zenith Of Glamour (Hôtel Ritz Paris)

“ The Ritz Paris is a hotel in central Paris, in the 1st arrondissement. It overlooks the octagonal border of the Place Vendôme at number 15. The hotel is ranked among the most luxurious hotels in the world and is a member of “The Leading Hotels of the World”. The Ritz Paris reopened on 6 June 2016 after a major four-year, multimillion-dollar renovation.The hotel, which today has 159 rooms, was founded in 1898 by the Swiss hotelier, César Ritz, in collaboration with the French chef, Auguste Escoffier. The new hotel was constructed behind the façade of an 18th-century town house, overlooking one of Paris’s central squares. It was among the first hotels in Europe to provide a bathroom en suite, a telephone and electricity for each room. It quickly established a reputation for luxury, with clients including royalty, politicians, writers, film stars and singers. Several of its suites are named in honour of famous guests of the hotel, including Coco Chanel and Ernest Hemingway, who lived at the hotel for years. One of the bars of the hotel, Bar Hemingway, is devoted to Hemingway. L'Espadon is a world-renowned restaurant, attracting aspiring chefs from all over the world who come to learn at the adjacent Ritz-Escoffier School. The grandest suite of the hotel, called the Suite Impériale, has been listed by the French government as a national monument in its own right.During the Second World War, the hotel was taken over by the occupying Germans as the local headquarters of the Luftwaffe. After the death in 1976 of Ritz’s son, Charles, the last members of the Ritz family to own the hotel sold it to the Egyptian businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed in 1979. On 31 August 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales dined in the hotel’s Imperial Suite, shortly before her death in a fatal car crash.The hotel has been entirely renovated in order to help it attain the ’Palace’ distinction, which is a title bestowed by the French ministry of economy, industry and employment.[1] It was closed from 1 August 2012 and reopened in June 2016.[2] Because of its status as a symbol of high society and luxury, the hotel has featured in many notable works of fiction including novels (F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is The Night and Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises), a play (Noël Coward’s play Semi-Monde), and films (Billy Wilder’s 1957 comedy Love in the Afternoon and William Wyler’s 1966 comedy How to Steal a Million).”

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                      Palace of the Venerable (Hospital de Venerables)

The Hospital de los Venerables (Hospital of the Venerable Priests, popularly known as the ‘Hospital of the Venerable’) of Seville, Spain, is a baroque 17th-century building which served as a residence for priests. It currently houses the Velázquez Center, dedicated to the famous painter Diego Velázquez. It is located in the Plaza de los Venerables, in the center of the Barrio de Santa Cruz and close to the Murillo Gardens . the Seville Cathedral and Alcázar. In 1627, the Brotherhood of Silence (Sevilla) decided to provide for elderly, poor and disabled priests. They rented a house where the priests were given shelter and assistance. In 1673, the brotherhood decided to build a new shelter for the same purpose; this was the Hospital de los Venerables.The hospital was founded by Canon Justino de Neve (es) in 1675, to be the residence of the venerable priests. Construction began that year, under the direction of the architect Juan Domínguez. In 1687, the project was taken over by the architect Leonardo de Figueroa who completed the building in 1697. The church was built in 1689, and is dedicated to San Fernando. The hospital was funded by the brotherhood, charity and the monarchy until 1805 when the it could no longer be adequately supported.In 1840, the hospital became a textile factory and the former residents were moved to the Charity Hospital. Complaints from the brotherhood led to a Royal Order in 1848, which returned their property and allowed the priests to return to their old home. The Plaza de the Venerables has been named after the priests since 1868.