Having gotten under the skin of The Tech Junkie and The Hopeless Romantic in May’s issue, this time we turn our attention to The RSVP and The Escapist. Designing a personalised guest experience for those who want to escape the hubbub of day-to-day life will vary greatly from designing spaces for the people who are just looking for a base. Culminating our year’s focus on the perfect hotel room, we turn to the experts for their tips…
‘I’ve been planning this weekend for ages. It’s just going to be me, the main crew and two nights of debauchery. I’ve hung the outfit I’m planning to wear but it is in desperate need of an iron, so I’m praying that there is one provided in the room.’
KATERINA DIONYSOPOULOU FOUNDER/DIRECTOR, BUREAU DE CHANGE
Aside from comfort, given that a good night sleep after a late night out should be essential, I would think of making sure that the atmosphere (lighting and materiality) of the room is one that caters for the different moments of that weekend. Mirrors would be placed strategically in order to give you an all rounded view of yourself – perhaps even make you look a little bit thinner and younger. Iron, ironing board, shoe horn and all the stuff you take for granted back at home will be cleverly integrated or just accessible with the press of a button if space is an issue. In the bathroom, the mirrors will be heated so that there is no time to waste after a relaxing bath.
DR. HARRIET HARRISS (RIBA, PFHEA), READER IN ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION, SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, RCA
Guests enter the RSVP room through a wet-space and walk in shower: the ultimate decontamination facility for sweaty, glitter encrusted, dancefloor-weary bodies that can accommodate impatient passion, too. The walls feature over-sized still frames of emerging performance artists: their bodies twisted and taut as they struggle to release some form of internal creative agony. The walk-in wardrobe comes complete with a selection of rentable costumes and a price menu, much like a minibar, with choices ranging from sophisticated to understated kink. Getting ready for another night out is all about experimentation and theatre, as the lighting, panoramic mirrors and shots dispenser is designed to facilitate.
BRIAN GREATHEAD DIRECTOR OF MANALO & WHITE
The hotel needs to cater for three phases of a night out: dressing up and getting ready, rolling back in at the end of a long night, and waking up and preparing to return to the real world. Ideally the group should stay in adjacent rooms, or the ability to book a group of rooms together, to colonise a wing of the hotel. To dress up, the room needs large and well-placed mirrors; places for friends to share the room whilst getting ready; flattering soft and warm lighting; a great sound system (and soundproofing to suit) and a well-stocked bar with proper glassware.