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Dimore Studio Brings the 1940’s to Casa FayetteThursday 14 December 2017
Dimore Studio Brings the 1940’s to Casa Fayette ⇒ Location and design are the main ingredients of Casa Fayette, the newest hotel of Grupo Habita, in the trendiest area of Guadalajara, the booming Lafayette neighbourhood. An original house from the beginning of the 20th century, Casa Fayette is part of a brand new development, where the 37 suites are located. Design firm Dimore Studio has worked closely with Grupo Habita and opened the Hotel in September 2015. Discover the place where art, design, fashion and architecture merge.
Casa Fayette reflects the changing face of the area by blending the traditional with the supercurrent. Hoteliers Carlos Couturier and Moisés Micha, the creative minds behind Grupo Habita, joined forces with local architectural firm Estudio5 to transform the 1940s mansion into Guadalajara’s first design-led hotel. The original Art Déco structure plays host to a retro-inspired bar, swimming pool and terrace with impressive city views signature trademarks of the Grupo Habita hotels in Mexico and New York. The spaces are characterised by that same Déco approach, with clear references to design from the ’40s.
The bright use of colours is evident throughout the hotel, used in different areas either as a finishing or hinted at by the materials’ natural colour. The entrance and the common areas are set in the building that was once an old colonial house. The atmosphere is colorful and joyful from the entrance: walls painted in sage green and salmon pink, the small armchairs in the restaurant upholstered with green palms print on light blue linen with long golden silk fringe; the bar counter is made of a light pink Rosa Perlino marble, dominated by a brass ceiling light installation; the pool and the pool-bar are surrounded by the green tones of tropical trees in hexagonal cement vases; the bar, separated from the pool by a monumental candid Carrara marble wall, features multicolor marble tables and green woven plastic chairs, reminiscence of traditional Mexican Equipales; the outdoor tiles are mainly light and medium grey with touches of orange and blue in the entrance area. These have been designed by Dimore Studio and manufactured locally, with the experience and tradition of the artisans that inspired them.
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Each environment has its own strong personality and harmonizes with the others without conforming, like the two bathrooms in the common area: one bold, completely finished with mirrors, including the floor and the ceiling; the other clinical, with sage green walls and steel accessories. Numerous furnishings and accessories designed exclusively for the hotel combine the references from the local tradition with a predominant taste of the ‘30s and ‘40s and were thoughtfully mixed with versions of furniture from Dimore Studio’s collection Progetto Non Finito and elements of heritage design, such as the clock by Pietro Chiesa above the restaurant bar, the pendant lamp designed in the ’30s by Gio Ponti for Fontana Arte in the guest room baths and the alabaster appliqués by Pierre Chareau hung on wine red walls in the corridors.
The guest rooms are in the newly built building, adjacent to the original colonial house. Inside the 37-room hotel, Milanese interior design team Dimore Studio borrows elements from Mexico, Italy and a host of European designers, giving the interior a global eclecticism that mimics the inspirations behind the neighbourhood’s transition. Dimore Studio hand-selected the furnishings and fixtures throughout, with most of the furnishings coming directly from the Milanese’s firm own furniture catalogue. The rest of the pieces are bespoke or sourced from designers such as Pierre Frey and Thonet. The bathrooms are entirely made of Carrara marble and steel, separated from the bedroom by sliding glass doors, composed of geometrical black iron frames that create large areas of transparency, screened by a pastel coloured glass with an effect of continuity between the two environments.
The individual environments suggest different emotions and experiences that shape the overall feeling of the place. Each of the many surprising elements is consistent with a well-defined personality that has characterized the entire project since its conception. The passionate and meticulous care behind the selection of every object ensures a refined atmosphere of great scenic impact, pervaded by a rigorous frivolity made of nods to the past and graceful modernity. For hoteliers Carlos Couturier and Moisés Micha, building hotels that reflect their surroundings is more than just a job. It’s a passion that drove these two Mexican entrepreneurs from citrus farming and investment banking to boutique hospitality. “Even if we’re successful at something, we don’t repeat it”, Couturier says. “We like this sense of passion and audacity”. Their Grupo Habita collection has grown to include 12 diverse properties in its compilation.
Written by Milan Patel
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