The many shades of design

Paolo Bleve


  • Mar Adentro is one of the stunning project included in Fall | Winter edition of Contract&Hospitality Book by IFDM
  •  Built on the tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, looking out over the Sea of Cortez, the sun-drenched Mar Adentro is a place that blurs the line between land and sea. The second resort designed by Miguel Ángel Aragonés for the Encanto Group, Mar Adentro uses the sea itself to create an archipelago of structures both solid and liquid © Joe Fletcher
  •  The Nido restaurant is covered by a cocoon of branches and set in the middle of the water, while the Origen is a more open affair, its colours brought out by the powerful sunlight, the pinkish shade of the tables and flooring offset with white Mem chairs by Kristalia and their red Seattle counterparts by Poliform © Joe Fletcher
  •  In an expertly devised fusion of opposites, Portuguese design studio Aires Mateus has created the new Lisbon headquarters of EDP, one of Europe's leading electricity producers  © Juan Rodriguez
  •  The white panels are positioned at different angles to catch the sun's rays, serving as a brise-soleil while adding a sophisticated design to the building's exterior © Juan Rodriguez
  • Opened on Abu Dhabi's Al Maryah Island in May, the third Four Seasons in the United Arab Emirates is the culmination of the design efforts of several international architecture studios © Will Price
  •  HBA Hirsch Bedner is the company behind the design of the furniture, accessories and lamps, selecting and designing the décor of the private rooms and communal areas on an entirely ad hoc basis © Will Price
  • Thierry Despont and Atelier Cos reinterpret the legend, the new Ritz Paris © Vincent Leroux
  • While the hotel carefully preserves the nineteenth century decor, the marble floors, the wood panelling, the colours of the plasterwork and the upholstery fabrics, the atmosphere has been made much airier with new openings or the extended height of the communal areas © Vincent Leroux

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10 NOV 2016
With the Fall | Winter edition of the Contract&Hospitality Book, IFDM once again confirms the appointments with the project world. 240 pages to find out the most spectacular realizations

For us, the arrival of autumn and winter heralds the start of a wonderful season. It also marks the release of our second Book of the year on Contract & Hospitality, which covers the most influential events, business opportunities and ideas forums and has pride of place on the desk of the most important designers and stakeholders in the sector.

Having been delighted with the international response to our Spring/Summer edition last March, we are now proud to unveil our second Book, jam-packed with even more exclusive contents, interviews and ideas. It’s a bottomless pit of inspiration thanks to the fantastic work done every day by dedicated industry pros.

The second Book has a large section previewing the on-trend colours for 2017, which have been identified on the back of cross-sector analysis carried out by ColorWorks.

You can enjoy a whopping 240 pages on the Fall/Winter collection, browsing an array of hospitality projects hailing from all over the world and covering virtually every style imaginable. This really is the best in class of the five-star hospitality sector.

We discover the key themes running through the 21st Century’s best hotel design projects, where clean lines, varied textures and natural finishes come together in some truly sumptuous architectural settings.
The recently opened Four Seasons in Abu Dhabi, for example, screams style sophistication, a quality encapsulated by the stunning outer façade which dominates the city skyline, its pattern drawing comparisons with the texture of fine fabric. Both the headquarters and the hotel itself are a triumph of simply, geometric architecture, with neutral tones complementing the limitless potential of natural light and transparent glass.
The new EDP building is Lisbon is another majestic achievement, a visionary workplace straddling a line between art, architecture and design. The Mar Adentro resort, meanwhile, is architectural beauty in its purest form: the place exudes creativity, with several leading international brands collaborating to create complex, entirely custom-made solutions, a plethora of expertise combining to stunning effects.

We also discover how the charm of in Stile interiors is fast becoming the only choice for historic palazzos, luxurious hotels such as the Paris Ritz and lovers of the classical traditions.

In Monitor, we look at some of the latest creations, with a particular focus on international brands.

After our Spring/Summer debut in Pink (Quartz), the Blue (Serenity) colour of this edition confirms the passion we put in exploring the evolving market, confirming the international significance of the IFDM brand as we approach our tenth anniversary.