The Ficklen, a Tribute Portfolio hotel, will feature an interior design concept by design, branding, and procurement firm Interior Image Group (IIG). No stranger to historic renovation projects, IIG will reimagine interiors of the E.B. Ficklen and Star Tobacco warehouse buildings into an upscale boutique hotel in Greenville, North Carolina. Ratio Architects has been tapped to design architecture.
Plans for the new 70-room hotel include a chef-inspired restaurant and lobby bar, an outdoor courtyard, a 10,000-square-foot event space, and a 76,000-square-foot food hall and market. The interiors throughout will complement the architecture with a modernized, southern style and a vibrant, timeless aesthetic that feels approachable, eclectic, and elegant. Various touchpoints and artistic elements that are authentic and heartfelt will nod to the locale’s heritage and traditions.
IIG’s design narrative will restore and honor the building’s architectural design and creatively reveal its tobacco history. Tobacco leaf sorters, hogshead barrels, binding, cutting, and drying provide inspiration for custom fixtures, materials, and artwork in new and interesting forms and applications. Historic elements—such as original wood columns and exposed brick—will be paired with a rich, bold, southern-inspired color palette. The warm, welcoming interior will also feature locally sourced finishes, unique furnishings, dramatic lighting, and thoughtfully placed interior greenery to create a layered, memorable experience.
Photo: Courtesy of Ratio Architects