Hotel Verí, Palma de Mallorca, 2015 Concept design
In a world of mass production, information overload and constant messaging Hotel Verí seems to yearn for the unknown, unseen, in a way that's unprepared. Inspired by contemporary artists like Anish Kapoor, Yves Klein and Lucio Fontana, the building has been re-interpreted to become an elegant boutique hotel, hosting an impressive permanent exhibition of contemporary art. Whilst we voyage into the depths of artistry, the interior gets a new character by creating an inimitable atmosphere, a personality of its very own where the architectural balance and pure lines endow the setting. Natural stone and chalk painted walls suggest the patina of age while still feeling clean and fresh. The furniture is rich with upholstery in Belgian tailored linen, mostly used as slipcovers. The mysterious slipcovers contribute to the sense of a living interior, suggesting that the furniture beneath it has been around for generations. They evoke an ancient manorial setting that is inhabited by members of the old aristocratic Verí family.