Located in the heart of downtown Houston, Four Seasons Houston is a global travel magnet, social hub, and a sophisticated urban hotel. We completed a gut renovation of the key public spaces: porte corchere, lobby, reception, bar; lounge and upper level public spaces. The chosen materials, finishes, color palette and lighting communicate a dramatic and multi-textural interior with careful attention to detail. Mixed metals echo an industrial but refined luxury with the warmth and patina of unfinished brass, blackened steel, gun metal and bronze. Fabrics are rich with deep, bold colors and saddle leathers wear beautifully over time.
Four Seasons wanted to have an atmosphere that is warm and welcoming and become a global travel magnet. Meyer Davis therefore designed a space that draws in guests and locals seeking to be at the center of social and professional opportunity and experience an environment that energizes and indulges the senses. The lighting is moody and the decor features local art and artifacts which spark interest and great conversation. We wanted to choose quality art pieces that were modern, fresh, and reflected the unique qualities of the project which is urban and includes lots of layers of texture in the interiors. We had a lot of mixed metals in the design and art work, blending the interiors and art overall well together.
With this project we wanted to give the local artists a stage to be able to present their work in a high-end, special brand such as Four Seasons. It was a moment for us to highlight their talent that might not necessarily get this exposure. We collaborated with various art consultants who helped us directly connect with the artists and creatives which cultivated a variety of unique art work and commissioned pieces integrated within our interior design. The three art consultants were C2 Art Advisors from Houston, TX, Rare Culture from NYC, and Cynthia Burns from NYC.
The Four Seasons Houston needed a drastic update since its last renovation thirty years ago. The materials of the updated Four Seasons Houston palette reflects a modern, casual but refined concept that will develop and beautifully evolve over time. Meyer Davis hand selected over 100 slabs of the Arabascato marble and Smoked Onyx slabs in Italy for the project and carefully bookmatched and located each slab which created unique artwork of its own in the interior materials. This special attention to detail creates a personalized experience and adds a residential sense of luxury to this large urban hotel.
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