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Living After Midnight

(October 2016) posted on Mon Oct 10, 2016

Designers continue to flesh out fresh ways of creating nightclubs and other hospitality venues that appeal to the after-hours crowd.

By Matthew Hall

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During our Boutique Design New York (BDNY) and BDwest trade fairs, one of my favorite side experiences is scoping out some noteworthy nightspots. At this spring’s BDwest, for example, I enjoyed the evening we spent at the Exchange LA. That elegant environment, which formerly housed a stock-trading operation in downtown Los Angeles, served as the site of this year’s NEWH Hospitality Fashion Challenge Runway Event.

What I particularly enjoyed about being in the Exchange LA was the immersive styling. The door closes behind you, and it’s like being in a film. This edition’s profile of Studio MODE founder Svetoslav Todorov and the uber-cool clubs he’s created in Bulgaria showcases the concept of escapist design at its most extreme (see the “Dark Star” feature in our current edition).

At both Flash Club and Club Mascara, Todorov skillfully uses black and white as the foundation for the creation of multi-layered, hyper-vibrant late-night hangouts. And yes, those photos are in color—the B&W really does dominate those spaces!

Hotels can be hotspots, too. As shown in the “Street Style” feature, design-centric urban hotels are serving as magnets for visitors and locals alike. The three properties detailed there—the QT Bondi in Australia; the Pullman New Delhi Aerocity in India; and the Atix Hotel in La Paz, Bolivia—illustrate how the urban energy of cities around the globe is being channeled into hotel interiors.

That includes Barcelona, where Room Mate Hotels recently opened two more properties (it already has two others in that Spanish mecca). As with all that brand’s locales, the two new ones—Room Mate Anna and Room Mate Carla, envisioned, respectively, by our October cover subjects Lorenzo Castillo and Tomas Alía—have distinctive visual identities. Check out “Sibling Revelry” to meet the precocious pair of hotels created by those two designers.


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