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

Himitsu x Tom Dixon

Himitsu, America's hottest cocktail bar in Atlanta, Georgia, is the talk of the town for a select set of savvy drinkers...

BY DEE IVA

This deeply glamorous watering hole in Atlanta, Georgia, is possibly the hardest bar in the world to get into. Forget the velvet rope, that’s so last century; to gain entry to Himitsu you’ll need a password and have to submit yourself to an iris scan.

Himitsu (Japanese for 'top secret') is the brainchild of Farshid Arshid who opened Umi, Atlanta’s most sought-after sushi restaurant, in 2013. Having created a destination dining spot, Arshid turned his attention to launching a stylish drinking den with high standards and impeccable design credentials.

ABOVE : The main bar in Himitsu
ABOVE RIGHT: Tom Dixon (left) with Farshid Arshid (right)

ABOVE FROM TOP: An angular copper reception desk takes pride of place in the lobby; Red upholstered 'Pivot' chairs in the first-floor lounge
BELOW RIGHT: The pressed cast-iron base of the 'Roll' table features a built-in wheel

Designed by omnipresent Brit talent Tom Dixon and his Design Research Studio, Himitsu is a few cuts above your usual cocktail bar, favouring quality of clientele over quantity. If you pass muster once inside you’ll be surrounded by signature Dixon pieces specifically chosen to offset the raw industrial space. Clusters of glowing ‘Melt’ lights hover over gleaming blue-green leather banquettes and plush copper-legged ‘Scoop’ and 'Pivot' chairs. You can set your glass down on Dixon's mirrored 'Flash' tables or his marble-topped ‘Roll’ tables complete with cast-iron bases bearing the Tom Dixon imprint and wheel detail. The sleek bar is covered in Dixon’s trademark copper, which also extends to the faceted tea light holders dotted around the lounge. American artist Todd Murphy’s eerie ‘King of Birds’ painting (below) is a key focal point, its rich colours and textures inspiring Himitsu’s overall mood.

New York’s finest mixologist Shingo Gokan has been summoned to devise an intriguing list of Ginza-style craft cocktails using Asian ingredients such as Thai basil and yuzu and if you’re feeling peckish Fuyuhiko Ito from Umi is on hand to provide tasty Japanese snacks and sushi.

So, if you’re looking for high style in the Deep South, try your hand at Himitsu. You may have to jump through hoops to get in but we know you’ve got what it takes to make the grade…
puraibeto.com/himitsu

Christmas at The London EDITION

Forget tinsel. Mark Colle's couture Christmas tree at The London EDITION hotel is the chicest in town...

BY DEE IVA

If you’re looking for ideas for an alternative Christmas tree just step into the lobby of The London EDITION hotel, Ian Schrager's distinguished pleasure palace just off Oxford Street. Reaching nearly seven metres high, the EDITION’s take on the traditional tree has been given a modern twist by Belgian super-florist Mark Colle

It was Colle who provided dramatic vertical walls of flora and fauna for Raf Simons' first haute couture show for Christian Dior. If you’ve seen the movie ‘Dior & I’ you’ll have been blown away by the sheer spectacle he brought to Simons' show, creating a striking backdrop for the Dior Spring Summer 2012 collection.

ABOVE RIGHT: Florist to the stars, Mark Colle
BELOW: Dior's Spring Summer 2012 haute couture show set against Colle's striking 'living walls' of flowers

At the London EDITION, Colle’s approach is much more understated but equally beautiful. Instead of the usual decorations and baubles, Colle has mixed exotic flowers with green moss, ivy and holly, and added them to a traditional fir to create an elegant and verdant statement.

ABOVE: Exotic Anthurium flowers, holly and ivy are interspersed between branches; Decked with white lights, Mark Colle's chic Christmas tree towers above the lobby of The London EDITION
BELOW: Berners Tavern, the in-house restaurant run by Jason Atherton

Also, if you’re thinking of staying in town over the Christmas period, the EDITION has a special offer that includes a guaranteed table in the oh-so-stylish Berners Tavern restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton, £100 towards food and drinks and two complimentary cocktails. So deck the halls with boughs of holly!
editionhotels.com/london

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 

Aman to that!

The new Aman Tokyo marks the first capital city launch for the luxe Asian hotel brand, and its debut Japanese getaway. We’re just loving the lobby…

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

When it comes to hotels, the Fizz is particularly partial to two things; a look-at-me lobby and the perfect pool. Luckily, new city retreat Aman Tokyo delivers on both fronts. Unveiled on 22 December, it’s a serene dream of a place, with sleek interiors by Aman regular Kerry Hill Architects. We’re talking tactile materials, contemporary simplicity and epic, urban views.

Set in upscale financial district Otemachi, Aman Tokyo perches, God-like, on the top six floors of the 38-storey Otemachi Tower, offering 84 rooms and suites with panoramic vistas of the Imperial Palace Gardens. Design plays with natural light and shadow, drawing on a classic Japanese palette of camphor wood, washi paper and stone, teamed with modern technology.

TOP PICTURE: Tokyo skyline views from a Premier Room living area
BELOW: A lofty lantern-inspired feature tops the soaring lobby lounge; internal gardens add calm to the space

Lobby love
So back to that jaw-dropping lobby… The atrium’s centrepiece is a soaring architectural feature shaped like a 30-foot-high Japanese paper lantern. Rising six floors through the core of the building, it was crafted with layers of textured washi paper stretched over a shoji frame. Below, the hotel’s vast inner sanctum beckons, combining Ikebana branch and flower arrangements with a calming water feature and two rock gardens. Soothing timber and sheer stone floors and walls surround this oasis, creating a monumental mood.

Yet design takes its cue from Japan’s cosier residential structures, too, with the inner garden flanked by a veranda, or engawa, which leads to the dining and lounge areas. Traditionally a wooden space between the garden and living quarters in local homes, the concept is mirrored in the separation of sleeping and living zones in the hotel’s bedrooms.

BELOW: Zen-chic rules: pale wood and paper shoji screens in a Deluxe Room; the Aman Suite boasts a deep furo bath for stylish soaking

Bathing beauties
Naturally, bedrooms here are all huge, zen and Instagram-friendly (heck, some even boast pantries). But the real draw for us? Each features a large furo, a deep soaking tub that celebrates the Japanese ritual of bathing.

Pool pampering
Aman Tokyo’s seductive 30-metre indoor pool stretches across the skyline, with dreamy day-beds, steam rooms and Japanese hot baths for unwinding in style. It’s part of a two-floor wellness centre, which includes an Aman Spa with eight treatment rooms, a fitness centre, and yoga and Pilates studios.

ABOVE: Inviting loungers line the sleek, indoor swimming pool

Dining divas
Peckish? At ground-floor The Café by Aman, you can sample Mediterranean fare and seafood, with indoor/outdoor seating giving onto the Otemachi Forest. Signature still and sparkling sake is served from distinctive vats. In the main reception area, the Lounge by Aman offers casual snacking, afternoon tea and evening cocktails, with floor-to-ceiling windows for gazing at the Imperial Gardens and Mount Fuji. Alternatively, step it up at The Restaurant by Aman on level 33, a Med fine-diner which also whips up Japanese dishes. Don’t miss the glass-fronted, walk-in wine/sake cellar. Throw in a slightly un-PC Cigar Lounge and a very-PC Residents’ Library – lined with books on Japanese art and culture, and elegant artefacts – and this is one Tokyo stay that won’t be lost in translation.

ABOVE: Fine dining and stellar vistas at The Restaurant by Aman

Coastal cool to city slickers
Known for its luxurious yet intimate Asian resorts, the Aman group has always embodied minimal-chic design, immaculate service and magical locations. The brand’s 26 properties have generated a fiercely loyal following – aka Amanjunkies – of style-conscious jetsetters. Now, though, Aman fans can swap the beachlounger for the city-skyline bar, with a new generation of Aman hotels targeting cities such as New York, London, Paris and Singapore. Watch this space…
amantokyo.com

'Aman Tokyo', Otemachi, Tokyo, Japan. Until May 2015, introductory rates for double rooms start at £505 a night.