As a designer, I’m eternally and eagerly awaiting an opportunity to visit a different city, or hopefully country, and be inspired by new architecture, design and nature. Someone once told me early on in my career that a good designer can compliment other designers' work. Well, that must make me a great designer, because I am perpetually in awe of the creativity and design talents of others.
I recently made a trip to Austin, Texas, a city that is often put into the same hip and growing “it city” conversation as Nashville, and was fortunate enough to explore some of the city's most thoughtfully unique hotels. I love all aspects of design, but hospitality interior design is my passion. Boutique hotels, in my humble option, are a collision of the most creative and exciting design woven together under a single roof - a wonderful mix of residential design in the guest rooms and suites, restaurant and retail design in the public areas, and if you’re lucky, spa design. Most clients hire you to be your most creative self on these projects, and I’m fortunate enough to work for an architect whose passion for collaboration with other creatives pours into every project. This unassuming approach gives way to some of the most pure and finely detailed spaces, creating interest without chaos, a level of casualness with a distinct sophistication, and a relatable interior that is as timeless as it is approachable.
My explorations in Austin did not disappoint; the South Congress neighborhood is active and quirky with amazing food, eclectic retail and great people watching. It is also home to some fabulously designed hotels, providing me with opportunities to snoop and make limitless discoveries. As a designer, my advice to you is: don’t forget to look up - you just might miss a design moment!
Thanks to Erin Bethea at D|AAD for contributing this post.