Sunday, 17 June 2012

Conservatorium Hotel

Do you love this hotel in Amsterdam?  The Conservatorium Hotel just oozes sophistication and luxury.  I love those dark moody spaces and I could easily see myself drinking a cocktail at that stunning bar, and on that massage bed, and in that pool - bliss!

This hotel designed by Piero Lissoni recently opened in the museum district in Amsterdam, surrounded by old buildings and that is what I love - how the old cultural buildings blend beautifully with contemporary architecture.  So very clever.  Piero Lissoni is a Milan based interior architect however I'm most familiar with this stunning and quite minimal designs for big brands such as Boffi, Kartel, Living Divani and Cassina.  He is known for his clean lines, shades of grey and contemporary style which contrasts with the rich history of the old building.
What stands out to me is the beautiful lighting, I'm not talking about the light fittings, it's the lighting effect that we see.  The designer has thought about what it is they want to light and the effect and mood they want - clever recessed and back-lighting has been used to great effect.  Sometimes we get bogged down thinking about the amazing variety of light fittings and the technical stuff, when we should think about what the effect is we want to achieve.  You know what I mean?
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