Designed by Milan based architects – Patricia Urquiola, this is amazing interior project for Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona. The interior decoration project reflects the open, cosmopolitan character of the great Mediterranean city where the hotel stands, along with the unmistakable seal of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. The addition of her “Crinoline” chairs is key – the lightweight yet larger than life chairs echo the overall “holiday” feel of the room. In addition to really liking the palette, one of our favorite things about the room is how the space is broken up in varying ways; the furniture groupings that create smaller conversation areas within the huge room, the plants hung at varying levels in the vertical space, the varying pattern of the floor covering and finally the wonderful white metal dividers with their sort of retro space age starburst design hovering over and encompassing it all.
The spatial layout and furniture design, the ceiling decorations and the beautiful hand-woven carpets, reminiscent of the charm and distinction of great classical hotels, have all been carefully chosen by Urquiola. Nearly all the furniture has been specifically designed by the artist or adapted for the hotel in conjunction with such famous names as B&B Italia, DePadova, Flos and Moroso. From the Scandinavian style armchairs in Moments restaurant, the lobby sofa, which has been adapted from a traditional Chesterfield, the tartan carpet reminiscent of the Gentleman’s Clubs of bygone days which adorns the Banker’s Bar floor, to the fully restored early 20th century French ironing table which serves as a centrepiece to Blanc restaurant and lounge; each piece has been meticulously chosen or designed to give every venue its own character.
The hotel’s ninety-eight rooms sparkle in shades of cream and white, with avant-garde furniture sitting well alongside oriental details, such as large wall screens and wardrobes inspired by traditional lacquered Chinese boxes. Light oak floors and large bespoke beige rugs add warmth while the bathrooms, complete with oversized walk-in showers, are adorned with mosaics by Mutina and Bisazza that were conceived as magical boxes of coloured glass.