While some hotels make much of the art hanging on the walls of their rooms and public spaces, the Australian-based Art Series Hotel Group goes one step further and actually dedicates an entire hotel to an Australian artist. The newest edition to the collection, The Johnson, just opened in Brisbane as a tribute to the abstract colourist Michael Johnson.
Comprising 83 open-plan suites and two penthouses, the hotel is part of a larger mixed used development designed by Karl Langer that includes residential apartments, serviced offices, and eatery.
Not surprisingly, Johnson originals and prints are scattered through the rooms, the latter equipped with a kitchenette (apparently a de rigueur feature in hotel rooms these days), and dressed in a low-key blend of crisp linen, neutral whites, wire chairs and warm pastel hues.
Full advantage is taken of Brisbane’s year-round warmth – the 50m lap pool on the fifth floor is set off by a BBQ area, sundeck, bar and gym – alongside a series of art tours of the city. Meanwhile, in the ground floor kitchen of Tumbling Stone, executive chef Gavin Lewis delivers a grazing menu of sautéed Hervey Bay scallops, blackened Bangalow pork belly, and ginger-scented poached rhubarb crème brulee.