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The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach undergoes renovation led by Rockwell Group Europe

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach – originally established in 1953 by the ‘father of Art Deco’ Morris Lapidus – has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation of its 375 guestrooms and suites, led by Diego Gronda from Rockwell Group Europe – the Madrid office of New York-based architect David Rockwell.

Rockwell Group’s objective was to stay true to the guiding design principles of the luxury hotel’s brand: unbuttoned elegance, glamour, art, timelessness, a sense of urban retreat, and a casual chic aesthetic. These concepts have been manifested through all gestures while maintaining a refined, timeless, and engaging look appropriate for the evolution of Ritz Carlton South Beach.

Design elements are further revealed through adapted and evolved gestures symbolic of historic architect Morris Lapidus’ signature style. The geometry, materiality, and lighting in the luxury Californian hotel’s lobby entry wall—a series of chrome spheres backlit on a curved wood wall—provided inspiration for Rockwell Group to reinterpret and renovate the luxury hotel’s spaces.

From the moment you exit the lift and ascend to their room, you experience a sensation of tranquility and an aura of elegance.

Opulent walkways adorned with shimmering platinum glazed walls complement aqua-coloured, textured carpets with patterns reminiscent of the reflection of light on water.  Ocean blue, sea mist green, and coral tones weave throughout beach-inspired textiles, bedding, upholstery, and décor. Subtle gestures of nature appear in the form of cream and bronze shagreen finishes accenting an entry wall mirror and decorative table top, respectively.

Sleek and contemporary furnishings, such as espresso-stained bookcases and desks and nightstands with antique rubbed bronze legs, create a living space where fashion meets function. Hanging pendants, orbital lamps, and uniquely shaped lounge furniture play up the circular gestures in Morris Lapidus’ original design approach.

The redesigned look pays homage to the hotel’s architectural history while incorporating inspirations from South Beach such as its azure water, golden beach, and vibrant energy.

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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November 21, 2012 | South Beach Travel US | View comments

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