JW Marriott

Cannes, France
Photo © Christian Kretschmar c/o JOI-Design
Photo © JOI-Design
Photo © Christian Kretschmar c/o JOI-Design
Photo © Christian Kretschmar c/o JOI-Design
Photo © Christian Kretschmar c/o JOI-Design
Photo © Christian Kretschmar c/o JOI-Design
Photo © Christian Kretschmar c/o JOI-Design
Photo © Christian Kretschmar c/o JOI-Design
Photo © Christian Kretschmar c/o JOI-Design
Photo © Christian Kretschmar c/o JOI-Design
Interior Designers
JOI-Design
Address
50 bvd La Croisette, 06400 Cannes, France
Year
2013

For the modernisation of JW Marriott Cannes public areas JOI-Design were charged with re-establishing the hotel’s reputation as the place to see and be seen in this glamorous destination, celebrated for its appeal amongst the international jet-set and Cannes International Film Festival, when the world’s glitterati descend upon the city each year. In referencing the site’s former occupant, the Palais des Festivals, the design concept recalls a sophisticated era of glamour that imbued the spirit of luxury without excess. Clean lines of the building’s 1980s architecture are carried into the interior design. Here, deluxe elegance is expressed through high quality materials, finely crafted details and a sophisticated palette of greys, chocolate, black and ivory accented with warm gold and champagne tones. Material finishes are pure and luxurious throughout.

Entrance columns were transformed to emulate eye-catching “golden palms” with the port cochère suggesting a canopy of palm fronds. A “carpeted” staircase of dark marble inlaid with golden stone escorts guests into the hotel’s reception area. Inside, the lobby opens into an impressive five storeys in height where a dramatic light sculpture of delicate gold “leaves” cascades 20 metres into the centre, surrounded by striking marble-clad columns and rows of balconies reflected in a mirrored ceiling – all signifying a sanctuary to style and glamour.

The design is more organic at ground level. An expansive polished pale marble floor is interspersed with seating areas defined by inlaid carpet of golden palm-frond patterns on a chocolate brown background; bronze “meridian lines” running through the marble and carpet connect separate materials and spaces. Seating includes graceful wingbacks and cosy club chairs with a communal sofa skilfully defining areas between the lobby and bar.

A bar of sculptural curves in Macassar Ebony timber and burnished gold is the spot to enjoy a perfectly crafted martini while star spotting, while adjacent high-gloss Champagne tables with white leather seating are ideal for celebratory gatherings.

JW Grill is an all-day-dining affair with a delightful outdoor terrace overlooking “La Croisette” and the dazzling seascape beyond. The ambience is warm and convivial, an inviting space appropriate for all occasions. Quality finishes of stone, leather and dark timber underline the stylish setting and smartly tailored upholstery provides comfort for a lingering repast. In keeping with the contemporary feel, detailing and accessories are discreet; the graceful ceiling constellation of crystal teardrop lighting a focal point as it elegantly snakes across the ceiling.

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