discover dazzling design at the radisson blu hotel & residence
Posted: 22 August 2017
Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence in Cape Town's cityscape, but although its award-winning Art Deco design separates it from the rest of the city's high-risers, its architecture isn't the only thing that makes this luxury hotel stand out. When we were invited to tour the hotel, we discovered that the interiors are equally as impressive the exterior. Desmond O'Connor, general manager of the Radisson Blu in Cape Town, says: 'The iconic design of the building pays homage to the Art Deco language, and the same direction has been applied in the public areas and, to an extent, in the bedrooms as well. In conjunction with this style, inspiration was also drawn from the natural elements of the city. The decor of the rooms give them a cocoon-like feel and instills a welcoming calm in the traveller, which is something that is not commonly found in city hotels these days. It creates a sense of serenity.' Henk Kruger, graphic artworks by Renée Rossouw and sketches of Cape Town by Source IBA's Evon Smuts-Rogers, which have been printed as wallpaper by Zana. Dipped ceramic plates by Rialheim hold gourmet meals, while custom pieces by Concreate, upholstered furniture by Southern Hospitality, objets by Lisa Firer and display tables by James Mudge populate the hotel. From signature light fittings to ombré carpets, everywhere you look a new, innovative design element catches the eye. interviewed about the Afrotel for 100% Design South Africa, are responsible for the unique interiors. Speaking about his favourite design aspect of the hotel, Meyer says, 'Its attitude. Despite an international trend for hotels to become less formal and more millennial, this hotel is proudly old-school, yet with a modern nod to a time when travel was uber-glamorous.' And his favourite pieces? 'I have three personal favourites. The tarnished brass sculptures in the lift lobby by Gary Froud of Craft Metal Works, the custom bar stools in the lobby bar by Dark Horse and the powerful black-and-white carpets designed by Source IBA and manufactured by Monn.' 22 Riebeek St, Cape Town City Centre. For more information or to make a booking, visit radissonblu.com/hotel-capetown-residence.