Hotels That Feel Like Home: Bar Studio On The New Epitome Of Luxury

The studio behind the interior design of Rosewood hotels in Phnom Penh and Beijing shares more about the ingredients that make a luxurious suite feel cosy.

It’s the finer details that make a hotel stay memorable. Alongside impeccable service, the room has to be a liveable space that puts you at ease while having a sense of place that’s uniquely its own. These are qualities that design practice Bar Studio celebrates through each of its projects.

“We aim to redefine luxury as a subtle mix of comfort and artisanal craftsmanship while cultivating a feeling of place that harnesses local architectural themes, colours, and materials in a restrained way,” explains Stewart Robertson, principal and director of the Melbourne-based firm. “Our spaces are conceived with the well-travelled urbanites of the region in mind, who place value on quality time and seek spaces to live in.”

Known for crafting elegant interiors that carry touches of local inspiration, the design practice oversees each project from concept to construction and completion. It also designs and produces furniture, fixtures, and materials for its hotel and resort projects, turning each property into what Robertson describes as “an elegantly edited escape”.

Recent projects by the firm include the Rosewood Beijing, the Park Hyatt Sydney, and the Grand Hyatt properties in Hong Kong and Melbourne. Here, Robertson discusses Bar Studio’s design philosophy, and why residential-inspired design is becoming the new definition of luxury in the hospitality industry.

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