Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA, Rottet Studio Architect, Consultant, Design Pro
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Lauren Rottet was the official curator for the James Royal Palm’s permanent art collection entitled “An Ocean Apart”. The hotel’s collection features an eclectic array of paintings, photographs, prints, furniture and specially-commissioned art pieces from local artists as well as nationally and internationally recognized art world luminaries. As a tremendous advocate of art and design education, Lauren Rottet incorporated several day paintings from local art students to allow them the opportunity to showcase their work alongside internationally-recognized artists within their local community. This once in a life time opportunity provides the youth with a positive outlet and encourages artistic growth.
One of the signature pieces in the collection is an interactive game created with Troy Stanley, a Houston-based artist that is a focal point in The James Club off of the Lobby. This piece is great because it serves a function – guests can interact with it – but it is also beautiful, eye catching and fun. Every guest room also has an original piece of art work known as “day paintings” – an exercise where the artist dashes thru at the start of the work day. By nature they are fresh and un-stylized – breezy and casual, just the way a vacation in Miami should be. All 150 of them were created by a collection of four local artists and are unique to The James Royal Palm collection.
We had a tight budget for art as most hotels do, but we wanted to make sure we had “real” art and art that related to the local culture. We met with gallery owners and selected some local artists through them and we also reached out to the local art schools and researched young graduating artists. It was a pleasure to work with them and the young artists were thrilled to have their work selected. It was important that the collection feature local artists.
Art, fortunately, is becoming a growing interest for hotels lately as they have come to realize the importance of the guest experience. Every hotel is searching for the next great feature that will lure in guests and as the art world continues to grow, so does the interest and necessity for hotels to incorporate unique artwork. The difference between a guest at a gallery/museum and a guest within a hotel when it comes to their interaction with art is a much different experience as the person buying a ticket or entering an art exhibit is intending to view art.
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