Inside The Westin Brisbane by Woods Bagot and GMP.

The Westin Brisbane opened in late 2018, offering an urban retreat for leisure and business travellers. The luxury hotel, designed by Woods Bagot, has 299 five-star guest rooms and suites, as well as hospitality and wellness amenities, including restaurants and bars, a ballroom and function spaces, resort-style pool and tranquil day spa.

Kvadrat Maharam worked with Woods Bagot and project management firm GMP to bring the interiors to life, providing nearly 7500 metres of textiles for walls, joinery and loose furniture throughout The Westin. The brief asked for a palette that reflects the subtropical climate and energetic vibe of the city, but with a high-end and corporate aesthetic. The upholstery needed to look beautiful and to have durability and performance attributes to suit a busy 5-star environment.

The hotel lobby is sleek and sophisticated with high laser-cut gold metal ceilings, marble floors and premium upholstery. The bench seat by the front desk pairs Bask Leather on the seat with Mohair Extreme on the channelled backrest to provide a plush gold backdrop.

The rich metallic theme continues on the podium above, where the interiors of the event space and Eden’s Table restaurant feature custom-designed carpets and a moody palette that allows the food and service to shine. Sheen is subtle and striking on the wall panels, and the booth seats are a complementary combination of Mineral on the seats, and Matrix by Patricia Urquiola on the backrests. Matrix is a jacquard-woven piece-dyed velour textile with an abstract pattern.

The private bar has a beautiful and rich red palette, teaming Harald by Raf Simons with Velvet Stripe by Paul Smith. Harald, originally designed by Fanny Aronsen, and with more recent palettes conceived by Raf Simons, is a closely woven, very-short-pile velour with a directionless velvety texture. The intense ruby-red colour emphasises the shape and contours of the objects it upholsters – bar stools from Space and the interior of Ross Gardam’s Noon armchairs from Stylecraft. Velvet Stripe by Paul Smith is on the exterior of the armchairs, and injects shots of orange, pink, blue and green into the palette by way of the English fashion designer’s tailored yet eccentric, playful style.

Paul Smith’s designs also feature in the members’ only Executive Lounge, with Point wrapping the back of the Covent armchairs from Janie Collins Interiors, and Dots on the banquette seat backrests. Raf Simon’s textiles for Kvadrat adorn armchairs and lounges from Space, providing texture in this room used for work, meetings and breakfast.

The Westin Penthouse provides guests with a private, exclusive apartment in the residential tower of the building. The décor embodies the bright, eclectic style made famous by local designer fashion brand Easton Pearson, and reflects the heat, creativity and dynamism of the city with handmade ceramics by West End maker Laura Pascoe of Brush and Wheel.

The study in The Westin Penthouse is a vibrant space with a fusion of bold colour and pattern. Square Cutter’s Room by Rosemarie Trokel provides an olive gridded backdrop to contrast and complement the bright orange Up-Lift sofa bed upholstered in Sunniva by Raf Simons. Blending colour and texture surfaces, Sunniva has a fine tweed-like weave and glossy sheen provided by the viscose content in the mostly wool construction. Cushions on the sofa are Byram by Raf Simons, Layers Vineyard Small by Hella Jongerious and Bright Cube by Scholten & Baiings. The pouff is covered with the bold geometric pattern of Agency by Sarah Morris. The combination of stripes and repeating hexagonal shapes is a modern interpretation of traditional tapestry. The Chainette curtain by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec adds more geometric detailing, with the embroidered tactile braids giving a discreet three-dimensional character.

For more information about the textiles used throughout The Westin, contact us at australia@kvadratmaharam.com

10-06-2020