Frette x Dimorestudio

London's Mayfair has just had an injection of modern Italian style at the new Frette store in South Audley Street. The Fizz says molto bene!

BY DEE IVA

Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran of Milanese design studio Dimorestudio have brought the glamour and sophistication of a sleek Italian palazzo to the new Frette store in London’s Mayfair.

Opulent materials such as Marquina marble, emerald green glass and brushed brass create a stylish space to showcase Frette’s new Autumn Winter collections of luxury bed, bath and table linens, and nightwear. We’re particularly loving the beautiful duck egg blue walls, the colour-zoned floors and the elegant illuminated stairwell which features black glazed metal set on opal white glass. If you feel the need to take a pew, classic designs including Gerrit Rietveld's 'Utrecht' armchair and Charlotte Perriand's 'LC7' chair for Cassina are dotted around too. 

ABOVE: Glossy dark blue cabinets with brushed brass handles, full height sliding panels and clever lighting are just some of the luxe details in Frette's new London showroom
BELOW: Black marble and polished concrete is used to great effect. We love the change of colour in the floors to mark out different zones 

ABOVE: Incorporating emerald green and opal white glass, black metal, concrete and steel, the illuminated stairwell is a masterful mix of materials 

To mark the opening of the new Mayfair boutique, Brit designer Ashley Hicks has collaborated with Frette on a new range of embroidered geometric bed linen that will be exclusive to the store and available online in the UK. If you’re in the market for something more bespoke, head down to the lower ground floor where you can add your own touches to any item from Frette’s collections. 

Dimorestudio has pulled out all the design stops here, so much so that we just want to bed down and snuggle up for the night. Zzz...
frette.com  dimorestudio.eu

The New York Edition

Say hello to The New York Edition, the new focal point for 24-hour party people in the city that never sleeps

BY DEE IVA

If there's one place that will always be associated with American hotelier Ian Schrager it's New York nightclub Studio 54. That legendary hedonistic hot spot of the late Seventies set the template for all the imitations that followed in its footsteps, breathing new life into the stagnant club scene. By the time Schrager sold 54 in 1981 the new club culture of the Eighties was taking hold but it owed him a huge debt.

Studio 54's 'dare to be different' attitude has informed each of Schrager's groundbreaking hotels. The Delano in Miami, the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York, St Martins Lane in London and Public Chicago are just a few of Schrager's pleasure palaces that have hosted and entertained guests from all over the world who want to check in and freak out together.

But now there's a new place to see and be seen. Situated on Madison Avenue, The New York Edition is the latest launch from the EDITION hotel group, a brand conceived by Schrager in cahoots with Marriott International. It joins earlier offerings in London, Istanbul and Miami Beach, with future crash pads planned from Bangkok to Bali. The days of Bianca Jagger riding in on a white horse may be over, but The NYE is a great place to let your hair down in style. Inspired by the elegant mansions of Fifth Avenue, it has uptown funk without being uptight. 

The pared back guest rooms feature a relaxed neutral colour scheme with pale oak floors, dark oak panelling, marble bathrooms with enclosed rain showers and masses of light. Many rooms have sculptural vaulted ceilings and the penthouse suite channels Mad Men with sultry oak panelling throughout, classic mid-century modern furniture and a private roof terrace.

These calming retreats are in stark contrast to The Clocktower, the Edition's impressive restaurant (above) opened by Michelin-starred Brit talent Jason Atherton, whose modern brasserie-style menu mixes classic English fare (black pudding, anyone?) with American, European and North African recipes. The eatery's name hails from the historic 41-storey clock tower the hotel occupies, built in 1909 as the headquarters of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (aka Met Life Tower). Atherton's first stateside venture is a series of three colour-coded interconnecting salons featuring high ornate ceilings, dark herringbone floors, modern chandeliers by Frenchman Eric Schmitt and walls adorned with photographs of New York icons and street scenes. A gold-leafed bar and a separate billiard room with purple felted table and purple chandelier complete what is fast becoming known as Midtown's hippest hang out. You could imagine Carrie and the rest of the Sex and the City crew rocking up and downing Cosmopolitans till the sun sets. If you're looking for grown-up glamour with understated style in the heart of the Big Apple, this is your playground.
editionhotels.com/new-york

The New York Edition, 5 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, USA. Rooms from US$675 a night.

Pictures by Elliott Kaufman ekaufman.com; Nikolas Koenig nikolaskoenig.com; Nick Solares nicksolares.photoshelter.com 

Point Yamu by COMO: Paola does Phuket

Luxe suites boast private pools.   'I always use light,' says Navone. 'Wherever you are, the idea was to bring the light and views of the landscape inside.' Supersized headboards, mirrors and day-beds play with scale

Luxe suites boast private pools. 'I always use light,' says Navone. 'Wherever you are, the idea was to bring the light and views of the landscape inside.' Supersized headboards, mirrors and day-beds play with scale

Luxe Thai resort Point Yamu by COMO draws on the talents of Italian design star Paola Navone 

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

When we heard that new Thai island getaway Point Yamu by COMO was upping the luxe factor on Phuket we were excited. When we realised Italian design whizz Paola Navone was behind the interiors, we started planning our holiday…

Walk into a COMO hotel – in Bali, Bangkok or Bhutan – and it’s the fragrance that hits you first. Throw in simply sleek mod-Asian styling, invigorating spa products, delicious food and some naughty-but-nice cocktails and you have the recipe that’s made founder Christina Ong’s escapes among the world’s most coveted.

Perched on Cape Yamu, on Phuket’s secluded east coast, COMO's latest style sanctuary overlooks the Andaman Sea and Phang Nga Bay’s jaw-dropping limestone karsts. 'Point Yamu is on a peninsula with water on three sides,' says Navone. 'The light and views are incredible, so they were the starting point.' She describes the project as 'still warm out of the oven,' and was delighted to take on her first hotel design challenge. 'I also liked working in Asia very much.' Although Belgian talent Jean-Michel Gathy took the architectural reins, the hotel feels like it was built from the interior design out, with Navone creating everything from coffee cups to side tables. The result is as uplifting as it is inspiring.

Boasting stellar sea views, this alfresco lounge blends white decor with burnt-orange hits on pillars, a nod to the sun and Buddhist robes. A pyramid of Thai wooden beds and woven details up the wow factor

Boasting stellar sea views, this alfresco lounge blends white decor with burnt-orange hits on pillars, a nod to the sun and Buddhist robes. A pyramid of Thai wooden beds and woven details up the wow factor

A mix of modern and local design features in bedrooms, which feel colourful yet calm. Ceramic stars throughout, from turquoise lamp bases to airy, cut-out room dividers, as well as Navone's eclectic pieces for Gervasoni

A mix of modern and local design features in bedrooms, which feel colourful yet calm. Ceramic stars throughout, from turquoise lamp bases to airy, cut-out room dividers, as well as Navone's eclectic pieces for Gervasoni

Colourful yet uncluttered, contemporary yet indigenous, the look manages to be both minimal and relaxed. 'It's about building a resort where you feel soft and not stressed by anything that surrounds you.' Navone’s signature skill with colour and materials, and ability to create a laid-back mood through graphic furniture and tactile accessories, is much in evidence. Hits of blue and aquamarine in bedrooms – from oversized headboards to ceramic sidetables, lamps and vases – recall the sea and sky, with striking cobalt tiles adding indulgence to bathrooms. Cool white, pale wood and tranquil grey form a soothing backdrop, with bold orange bringing warmth to public spaces. Quirky touches come care of intricate-edged mirrors, flocks of plates on walls and many-faced ottomans, with Navone's beloved flowers everywhere. 'Whatever we liked that can make people happy.'

Thailand is 'a paradise for sourcing materials, crafts and design solutions,' says Navone. 'You can find a factory producing industrial tiles – very modern and sophisticated – or small workshops that do simple, beautiful bowls.' She covered entrance columns with broken ceramic ('probably the most popular material in Thailand'), and used a big chunk of carved wood from the country's north as a lobby sculpture. Ceiling graphics were inspired by Thai calligraphy, the imperial craft of weaving rattan was harnessed for walls, and old Thai roof tiles were used to create a fishscale-esque feature wall in the restaurant (both cutlery and the aquatic-hued tableware was commissioned locally). Balloon-like lampshades took their cue from native crab and lobster traps, and Navone even encouraged one gold-leaf artisan to sing while he worked, to achieve her desired wall effect. Chinese furniture and Burmese lacquer bring pan-Asian flair, with cheery elephant figurines to remind guests where they are.

Naturally, outdoor furniture expert Navone, who is Italian brand Gervasonis art director, gives good sunlounger. 'The pool is my favourite place. You can read a book semi-submerged with your drink in the shallow end.' Alongside the glittering 100-metre infinity pool, Point Yamu spoils guests with a COMO Shambhala Retreat spa (including a yoga studio and healthy organic Glow menu), buzzy bar Aqua, great diving and a private beach. Thai street food and Italian restaurants Nahmyaa and La Sirena also beckon, overseen by Australian executive chef Daniel Moran. Most of the 106 rooms, suites and villas have view-blessed decks, while selected boudoirs boast private pools. Come on in – the water's lovely...
comohotels.com/pointyamu  paolanavone.it

Blue tiles in bathrooms reference the Andaman Sea, offset by white and grey Sino-patterned floor tiles. A sculptural bath and double basins are sleekly contemporary; theatrical lights and an ornate urn add glamour

Blue tiles in bathrooms reference the Andaman Sea, offset by white and grey Sino-patterned floor tiles. A sculptural bath and double basins are sleekly contemporary; theatrical lights and an ornate urn add glamour

Bedrooms come in a choice of cobalt blue or turquoise schemes, teamed with soothing white, wood and tactile tiles. Floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies offer vistas of Phang Nga Bay

Bedrooms come in a choice of cobalt blue or turquoise schemes, teamed with soothing white, wood and tactile tiles. Floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies offer vistas of Phang Nga Bay

Loving Paola's aesthetic? Then check out Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach, her upcoming hotel launching soon.