If modern art is divisive then there are few words for the reaction that modern architecture can inspire because by anyone’s standards, it’s an exciting time for art and design.
Whether you love or hate the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright and Renzo Piano, post-war the collaborations between form and function have scaled new heights and produced some of the most creative and important structures of the modern age.
They have also inspired generations of people in their field, and as a result the line between art and architecture has become blurred, interior and exterior have become fluid, and surely the result is some of the most thrilling and democratic art around, because whether you are on the outside looking in or the inside looking out, it’s art that we can all interactive with and enjoy.
Nowhere has this become more evident or important than the hotel industry, especially in the boutique hotel sector. As a place defined by standards, service and experience, design has taken precedent as the mood influencer, the holiday inspiration and the purveyor of interesting social media content. After all, few things make for a better Instagram photo than a beautifully orchestrated library, a cantilevered swimming pool overlooking a city or carefully chosen textiles hinting at an offbeat sense of humour.
Perhaps one of the best examples of contemporary design and interesting architecture is the Andersen Boutique Hotel in Copenhagen. Denmark’s capital city is a hub of character, quirks and contemporary intrigue, so it’s fitting that the hotel follows suit.
This boutique hotel is decorated with textiles and wallpapers from the Designers Guild and boldly showcases a vibrant colour scheme. Everything from the lighting to the carefully selected magazines has been choreographed to fit and enhance the urban buzz and inspiring atmosphere that surrounds it.
Meanwhile the likes of our newly opened boutique hotel – Gotham Hotel in Manchester fuse a historic exterior with the sleekest and sexiest of interiors, to prove that really great design is a fluid, evolving, ongoing process that embraces both the past and the future in a way that we can enjoy it in the present.
If you look at it that way, where we are now with modern design isn’t just about aesthetics, it’s an incredibly exciting experience for us all and I can’t help but wonder where it will take us next…