Our design challenge for the Hi-Lo Hotel was to create a space that met the client's vision; an elegant marriage of high and low.  When we first visited the space it was basically gutted, a beautifully dusty space with raw concrete columns and concrete floors bathed in soft natural light.  We decided to preserve and celebrate this rough, chalky, unfinished shell (the low) while bringing in soft, sensual, elegant, playful furnishings (the high).

The second challenge was to create a space that would feel casually elegant, and that would encourage hotel guests to meet, linger, and interact.

We wanted to create seating arrangements that would accommodate groups both large and small, as well as a variety of ways to sit that might invite playful interactions.  Curvy, low, inviting sofas are coupled with playful swinging settees.  A long table offers individual chairs, but also benches for sitting a little closer.

The senior designer for the Hi-Lo project was Em Shephard.


Photos by aaron leitz