Taking inspiration from the days of grand travel in a bygone era, the collaboration between designer Melissa Chen of Mill Interiors and Dreamtime Design on the refurbishment of Melbourne’s Doubletree Hilton Flinders Street, has seen the design team win international recognition for their work in receiving the Best Hotel Award at the recent World Interior News Awards.
Referencing the Victorian details of the city’s landmark station, raw materials have been used throughout to reflect both the stations heritage and the surrounding bluestone paved laneways of the city. Subway tiles, simple typography and vintage leather luggage have inspired much of the hotels design while the decorative drapery once used to create privacy within the train cabins has been reinterpreted in the sinuous patterns of the timber headboards. Right on brief, the end result is a design scheme that is evocative of a stylish destination hotel.
The successful design alliance between Chen and Dreamtime Design has ensured that a cohesive and well articulated design scheme has been woven throughout the entire refurbishment of the 180 room hotel – including external facade, lobby, restaurant and 13 levels of lift lobbies and corridors.
More recently Chen has teamed up with Kayoko Kubo of Kubo Architecture to create the newly formed Mika Studios. Espousing to a philosophy that believes ‘space can transcend, lift spirits and evoke a sense of awe’, we expect to see many more international awards for this collaborative studio.
Vintage leather luggage and subtle brass detailing has inspired the use of materials seen throughout the hotel. Leather handles feature on the drawers in the closet above.
Sinuous, wave like patterns in the timber headboard reflect a modern interpretation of the flouncy drapery once used in train cabins.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Peter Clarke