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Design Destination | The Lyall by DKO

Melbourne’s The Lyall Hotel,  a long-time favourite boutique hotel and restaurant for South Yarra locals and international travellers alike, has just re-opened after a significant renovation. Working with DKO, the brief was that of quiet luxury and a certain French charm which manages to be discrete while delivering surprises.

“The Lyall Hotel is en point for the area. The locals are very proud of it and now the story continues. The Lyall has a long history and we have helped reinstate the beauty and charm of it with a modern and timely chapter,” DKO director of interiors Michael Drescher says.

There is a sense that this boutique hotel of 49 rooms and two large residential suites is connected to the community. The Lyall Bistro fronts onto the street with outdoor tables, creating a convivial vibe for a morning coffee or an afternoon drink, and giving the hotel a sense of activity and engagement. Moving away from a traditional dominant check-in experience there is a low-key crafted desk by Melbourne makers Zuster – so from the get-go it feels intimate and engaging. 

Oluce Atollo 235
Cassina 637 Utrecht Armchair
Grazia&Co Ivy Coffee Table

The lounge area features the Oluce Atollo lamp, Cassina 637 Utrecht armchair by Gerrit Rietveld, and Grazia&Co Ivy coffee table.

The lounge showcases a subtle palette of upholstered forms and tones – from the padded angularity of a design icon – the Gerrit Rietveld Utrecht lounge chair – to softened boulder-like seating forms in shades of soft greys and cream. With locallydesigned and made furniture pieces in dark stained Tasmanian Oak running throughout, the atmosphere is contemporary but soothing.

The rooms deliver on the promise of quiet luxury. Nothing shouts at you, everything is carefully considered and so the notion of care is evident in the design and is conveyed at every opportunity. Across the spectrum of room options from Classic through to the two generous suites Maple and Domain, there is a range of different attributes depending on how the spaces are best maximised – a bath with a view in one, a suite for entertaining in another, discreet desking for work on the go  – but all adhering to the same level of quality, care  and style that you would expect of a privately-owned, five-star hotel.

One of the key things about a city break is feeling in-tune with an area, being able to walk to cafes, restaurants and shops. Yet when you return to a hotel there is a huge benefit in remaining  connected to the street and to nature – through the courtyard garden by landscape designer Paul Bangay that runs through the site like an artery of greenery.

The low-scale of the building itself, only four floors, means you retain a sense of being part of a city rather than hermetically sealed in a tower block – and that is a luxurious element beyond the thread count of the sheets and marble in the bathrooms.

Oluce Atollo 235
Poltrona Frau Ginger Chair

Moving away from a traditional dominant check-in experience there is a low-key crafted desk by Melbourne makers Zuster accompanied by the Poltrona Frau Ginger chair, cultivating an intimate and engaging feel.

Daniel Boddam Booham Chair

The lounge showcases a subtle palette of upholstered forms and tones, including the Daniel Boddam Booham chairs.

The Lyall Bistro fronts onto the street with outdoor tables creating a convivial vibe for a morning coffee or an afternoon drink.

The courtyard garden by landscape designer Paul Bangay runs through the site like an artery of greenery.

The bedrooms are a carefully considered embodiment of quiet luxury.

Loom Ecru Bath Towel

The Loom Ecru bath towel in the marble-clad bathroom.

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