The Langham — Chicago, USA
Chicago’s iconic IBM Building, designed by Mies Van der Rohe in 1966, welcomes the Langham Hotel to its hallowed halls this month. Originally conceived as an office building, the 40-year-old tower has been sensitively transformed by UK-based design hospitality firm Richmond International into a luxurious, modern hotel that respectfully does its design heritage justice. The entrance opens onto a minimalist lobby that boasts 20ft windows and white travertine walls, in keeping with Mies’s aesthetic. Designed by his grandson, architect Dirk Lohan, the space also features two never-produced sofas Mies designed for his daughter Waltraud, and a reception desk by Lohan, based on an original design from Farnsworth House. In addition to sumptuous rooms that keep to a modern-contemporary theme, the hotel also houses Travelle, an all-day Mediterranean restaurant and bar created by Rockwell Group, with specially designed drink trolleys for the ultimate, mid-century throwback.