2018 is just around the corner, and we’ve been thinking a lot about the past year and reviewing its most luxurious highlights. What were our favourite tech start-ups of 2017? Our favourite fashion lines? Our favourite restaurants, destinations, accessories? Our favourite interiors?
Fortunately for us, the SBID International Design Awards announced its winners earlier this fall, and some of our favourite interior design projects of 2017 walked home with the organization’s prestigious awards. Scroll down for the highlights of the winner’s circle.
The Whale Bar, St. Regis Hotel
WOW Architects/Warner Wong Design
The Maldives was one of our choice travel destinations in 2017, and we’ve been keeping a close eye on the latest and greatest beach builds in the island country. Aptly named The Whale Bar, the shape of this structure emulates the body of the whale shark, a motif carried throughout the bar with timber shingles that give the appearance of fish scales and an iridescent stucco ceiling and walls that further conjure images of a whale’s body and marine iconography. Local art and culture is honoured in the interior with a ceiling mural by Indian artist Maya Burman, who created five show-stopping oak panels using the Maldivian craft of pyrography.
Club & Bar Design Winner
Hirsch Bedner And Associates
This project is part of a greater luxury residential facility that consists of a six-tower complex and adjacent houses. The clubhouse itself is a whopping three stories high, situated in a podium beneath the towers. The clubhouse’s location, situated on a hill in southeast Kowloon of Hong Kong, affords breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. The clubhouse consists of a lobby, fitness centre, spa, indoor ball court, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, library, bar, billiards room, and private dining rooms.
Residential House Under £1 Million Design
This stunning sandstone townhouse is located in Glasgow’s upscale Park District. With views of Kelvingrove Park and the Glasgow skyline, the property itself is a delight — and now, thanks to Bernard Interiors, the once-derelict five-story home boasts interiors every bit as breathtaking as the views. Converted into an office space in the 1990s, the structure had fallen into a state of disrepair. The design team was tasked with transforming the space back into a residential dwelling that honoured the history and period details of the home, yet still felt vibrant and contemporary.
Restaurant Design Winner
External Reference and Chu Uroz
Located in Barcelona, Alkimia is known for its food as much as its stellar design; the Michelin-starred restaurant boasts a kitchen run by chef Jori Vilà, revered for his gastronomic cuisine that consists primarily of fish. The restaurant is situated in the city’s downtown core in a building that dates back to 1864, which had been unoccupied for forty years. The design vision for this space was one that would honour both the architectural details of the existing modernist space (which, according to SBID, included its old patina and typology) and Vilà’s sea-inspired menu. The result is a scenography that features skins inspired by marine life, custom furniture, and various art installations throughout.
Retail Design Winner
Intersect by Lexus (LXA)
Conceived in Tokyo and executed in Dubai, this concept store earned the 2017 award in this category for a truly spectacular layout and attention to detail. Intersect by Lexus is, according to Wonderwall for Toyodo (who devised the project), neither dealership nor traditional retail space. Rather, it’s meant to serve as a gathering place for guests who wish to experience the lifestyle of the brand without having to slide behind the wheel of a Lexus car. Forgoing convention, the result is a ‘relaxing yet stimulating space for people who are seeking diverse luxury lifestyles enriched by design, art, fashion, culture, film, music, and technology.’