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.
Above: The architects used pre-cast concrete panels on the hotel’s exterior; vintage-style Lekker Bikes are available for guests.
Above: The lobby has a spare industrial aesthetic offset by the layering of textiles, rugs, and sculptural lighting.
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).
Above: A mix of midcentury pieces (Akari lantern, Hoffman chairs) and classics (Windsor chairs) animates the space
Above: The lobby lounge area has a mix of seating, including a suite of Paulistano Chairs ($1,550 from Design Within Reach),
Above: Mix and match elements: tribal rugs, marble-topped tables, two-tone couches in the lounging area.
Above: A salmon Greta Grossman Grasshopper Floor Lamp ($875 from Design Within Reach) adds a dash of color in the bar area.
Above: The custom breakfast bar has a tiled top and pink Matiazzi Branca Bar Stools ($1,049 each from Hive Modern).
Above: A pale blue bedroom suite.
Above: Arent & Pike created the custom headboard and bedside table with Douglas & Bec.
Above: Bunk rooms are available for budge-conscious travelers. For more details, go to the Alex Hotel.