London’s Ace hotel has enlisted a team of designers to reimagine the hotel essentials. Designers Philippe Malouin, Tomás Alonso, Studio Vit, Marcin Rusak, Parsha Gerayesh and Hilda Hellström were commissioned by Modern Design Review to produce objects that offer a solution to the small challenges faced by the hospitality business.
Unveiled during the London Design Festival, the collection will then become an integral part of Ace Hotel Shoreditch, with items ranging from small essentials to more conceptual pieces. Some of the projects will also be available to buy from the hotel as part of its retail enterprise.
Objects range from the cool and whimsical – such as Parsha Gerayesh’s sunglasses made from a single coiled wire – to more fundamental hotel room staples, like the pair of lamps designed by the Swedish duo behind Studio Vit, or Tomas Alonso’s metal ashtray. Philippe Malouin’s double contribution includes a stacking stool conceived for Ace’s public areas and a minimal door handle, manufactured out of ready-made industrial parts. Hilda Hellström created an impactful rock installation installed at the entrance of the hotel's restaurant Hoi Polloi, and Polish creator Marcin Rusack used his flower-infused resin to create a collection of jewellery.
To combine a gastronomic element with the design project, the hotel will also offer a specially-designed cake, dedicated to Swedish designer Hilda Hellström’s textural creations.