It is little wonder that the Doubletree by Hilton won ‘Best Hotel’ at the World Interior News Awards. The multi-million dollar refurbishment by Melissa Chen (Mill Interiors) and Michael McCann (Dreamtime Australia Design) is a stunning transformation of the 180 room hotel.
Referencing the Victorian details of the iconic Flinders Street Station, the use of raw materials reflect the station’s heritage and Melbourne’s famous bluestone laneways. Interior design features blend the industrial vibe of the surrounding streets with traditional elements of train travel.
Vintage leather luggage in the drawer pulls, open wardrobes, simple typography, subway tiles and decorative drapery on timber headboards reference train carriage interiors.
‘It is full of artisan details and custom-made features. Every detail from the commissioned black-and-white photography to the upholsteries, carpets, curved headboards and bathroom sinks have all been carefully considered and produced to specification, ‘ Double Tree News.
In the rooms, custom broadloom loop pile carpet made from 100% wool provides a high quality and textured surface that complements the hotel aesthetic. The traditional chevron style pattern ties the train carriage elements together beautifully.
Custom designer Feltex woven carpet was used to the line the corridors. Warm, neutral tones blend while the strong, dark lined pattern is reminiscent of railway tracks.
In the common areas, Godfrey Hirst created a custom pattern using Designer Jet™ technology in the neutral tones featured throughout the hotel. Yet another custom pattern was produced using Designer Jet™ for the conference room in graffiti-style to complement the exposed brick pillars.
The Double Tree project, is a classic example of how custom carpet can be used throughout a commercial interior to create a point of difference from room to room as well as cohesion throughout the space to support a project brief.