August 2014

Style Special

With a limited-edition subscriber cover by Rick Owens

Wallpaper* and Hyatt 'Checking-in' with female business travellers

Eschewing the one size fits all model of hoteling and following the largest guest listening exercise in its history, Hyatt has rolled out, worldwide, a suite of new features that anticipate and customize the needs of its female guests. In a three-part video series, Hyatt has teamed up with Wallpaper* to ask influential women in the creative industries just what it is that makes for the perfect hotel experience

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Marie Dessuant

DESIGNER

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    Marie Dessuant, head designer at UK furniture and home accessories company Another Country checks in for a stay at the Andaz in Amsterdam - a contemporary hotel designed by Marcel Wanders

  • The hotel's lobby lounge sets the scene of tongue-in-cheek oppulence that continues throughout the hotel

  • Marcel Wanders' playful design is apparent in every corner of the hotel. He references traditional Dutch stories and legend throughout the interiors

  • The Bluestone restaurant has become a firm favourite with local Amsterdam residents as well as hotel guests

  • A well-equipped speakeasy-style bar serves unique cask-aged cocktails among the more traditional tipples

  • Time to write a few emails in the presidential suite

  • The spacious bathroom in the presidential suite - a real treat for a weary business traveller

  • A unique service offering a little piece of mind when away from home - guests can borrow or buy any items that they may have left at home

  • A glimpse into an Andaz Standard room, complete with aquatic wallpaper designed by Wanders. Each room comes with a well-stocked vanity area and luxurious shower

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Q&A

Not yet 30, Paris-born designer Marie Dessuant has already packed in a lifetime of accomplishments. An alumna of the prestigious École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg, she officially announced her presence as a force to be reckoned with when she won the Ligne Roset design award in 2010 for her intriguing corner shelf, ‘Etagère de coin’. An ingenious piece of installation art-cum-bookshelf, it is now produced by both Cinna and Ligne Roset. Dessuant is currently based in London where she is head designer for boutique design studio Another Country. Here we catch up with Marie...

Wallpaper*: What is your most memorable travel experience?
Marie Dessuant: My most memorable travel experience was definitely when I first arrived in China, to live and work.  I took the taxi from Shanghai airport to my new house. It was so drastically different from anything I had seen before that I felt really overwhelmed, a bit nervous but very excited.

W*: Where have you been recently that has inspired you?
MD: I recently visited Santorini in Greece - I loved the texture of the deep black volcanic stone in contrast against the really turquoise clear water. The simplicity of the local architecture was really inspirational.

W*: What were the best features of the Andaz in Amsterdam?
MD: Definitely my suite - it really catered well for its guests, with a great meeting room, a very well curated selection of books, and art house movies commissioned by the hotel.

W*: How did you relax when you were at the hotel?
MD: I had an incredible spa experience including a massage, which was great to have some time to think and relax.

W*: What is the most important factor for you, when choosing a hotel?
MD: The hotel has to have considered the design and layout of the space, for example it was amazing at the Andaz Amsterdam because the environment was completely designed by Marcel Wanders, and it gave me more of an understanding of his inspirations and his processes.

W*: What did the Andaz in Amsterdam do particularly well for you as a female guest?
MD: The menu was perfect, with a great selection of in-season, healthy produce which is great if you are traveling a lot and need that heath-boost at the end of a long day. Also Andaz’s ‘Peace of Mind’ service allowing you to borrow or buy items that you have left at home is a particularly nice touch.

ANDAZ AMSTERDAM

Located on the banks of the picturesque Prinsengracht canal on the site of Amsterdam’s former public library and right in the heart of the city’s culturally buzzing Jordaan district, the 122-room Andaz Amsterdam exudes calm, grown-up glamour courtesy of local design boy wonder
Marcel Wanders

The Andaz lobby makes for a dramatic entrance to the hotel. Marcel Wanders has created a playful and magical aesthetic that is apparent in every single detail of the hotel's interior

An impressive light sculpture hangs in the atrium of the hotel, plunging from the ceiling all the way down to the lobby

References to the building's past as a public library are apparent throughout the hotel - not least in the Andaz Library

Marcel Wanders' designs are apparent everywhere you look; from the walls, to the chairs and even the cutlery

The Bluespoon restaurant allows guests to dine while watching their locally-sourced food being prepared by chef Julien Piguets

Wanders created an 'Alice in Amsterdam' theme throughout the hotel which carries on into the garden

The Andaz presidential suite is a vast apartment-style room that includes a kitchen, sitting room, meeting room and luxurious double bathroom

The bedroom in the vast Andaz presidential suite. Selections of carefully selected books in every room are another nod to the Public Library heritage of the hotel

A standard room at the Andaz is a modern treat for the senses with signature Wanders wallpaper and 'Alice in Amsterdam' references throughout

A glimpse into the Andaz Guestroom with garden view

The Andaz Spa includes a sauna and treatment rooms as well as a fully equipped gym