Interior design of hotels
The interior design of palaces or luxury hotels constitutes the emerging part of the project. As such, it has visibility such that it often masks the perception of the architecture, and in some cases even distorts it.
The work of AFFINE DESIGN in the interior fits into a global and continuous perspective of the project. The interior persists and reveals. The visitor confirms, penetrating the interior of the place, the impressions that they received of the approach to the exterior of the place.
But even more, it is the interior that provides the framework for life experiences in the hotel.
Fluidity and formalism.
The fluidity, and the legibility, of spaces, permits the visitor a serene and rapid feeling of ownership of the premises. The labyrinth is the prohibited figure. It is in meandering without the apprehension of becoming lost in the public areas of the hotel that the visitor gradually enters into its universe and discovers the true form of the scenario. This method also allows to choreograph the precision and quality of service offered.
Identification – ownership – privatisation.
The second phase of this approach is based on the differentiation of spaces. Having acquired a certain familiarity to the places, the demand of the visitor is the power to make them their own. The composition therefore requires the identification of sub-areas or units, which lend themselves to this occupation (temporary privatisation time for a conversation or a meal). The number of these possibilities is the measure, for the user, of the luxurious character of the palace. It is also a mise-en-scène and a qualification of the service provided in one place, in essence different from that provided in another.
Scenography of the places.
Each of these spaces is visited and qualified by a scenography. An exercise of the imagination, creating a framework for a visit, a history, a visitor unknown. The scene is composed by its geometry, topography, differences in levels, partitions, light, furniture and materials. Particular attention is paid to the seating: to be seated is always, in these places, the premier interior scene.
Style and materials.
The style and the materials confer on the place its final characteristics.
History past and future.
For the majority of their projects, AFFINE DESIGN commence from a rational reading of the origins of the place (history of the building, society, city or place).
A phase of interpretation follows : each parcel of historical material is revisited, transformed into an element of a contemporary project.
The implementation of materials and details is inspired, in all places, in all geographies, by the tradition of the craftspeople. It evolves according to the imperatives of the conception of the project.
The interiors produced by AFFINE DESIGN are timeless and soft, they are never pastiches of old architecture; they are often exercises in restoration and the re-writing of history.