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Color Mix in Perth: The Alex Hotel

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Color Mix in Perth: The Alex Hotel

February 22, 2016

Designers Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke of Sydney-based Arent & Pyke are fearless with color, mixing and matching just about every shade in the book. Case in point: their fresh-looking design for the newly opened Alex Hotel in Perth, located in the city’s Northbridge neighborhood and designed by Space Agency architects.

“Our brief was to design a ‘hotel as home,’ ” they say. “We wanted the Alex to give you a sense of wonderment, as if you were visiting the house of a treasured friend.” The interior design, furnishings, and styling imagines the richness and layering of a story, and the informality of a city crash pad.

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Above: The architects used pre-cast concrete panels on the hotel’s exterior; vintage-style Lekker Bikes are available for guests.

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Above: The lobby has a spare industrial aesthetic offset by the layering of textiles, rugs, and sculptural lighting.

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Above: A suite of caned Prague 811 chairs, designed in 1925 by Josef Hoffman for Stendig, surround the communal table (the Hoffman Side Chair from Thonet is $305 from Design Within Reach).

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Above: A mix of midcentury pieces (Akari lantern, Hoffman chairs) and classics (Windsor chairs) animates the space

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Above: The lobby lounge area has a mix of seating, including a suite of Paulistano Chairs ($1,550 from Design Within Reach),

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Above: Mix and match elements: tribal rugs, marble-topped tables, two-tone couches in the lounging area.

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Above: A salmon Greta Grossman Grasshopper Floor Lamp ($875 from Design Within Reach) adds a dash of color in the bar area.

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Above: The custom breakfast bar has a tiled top and pink Matiazzi Branca Bar Stools ($1,049 each from Hive Modern).


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Above: A pale blue bedroom suite.

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Above: Arent & Pike created the custom headboard and bedside table with Douglas & Bec.


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Above: Bunk rooms are available for budge-conscious travelers. For more details, go to the Alex Hotel.

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