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QT Melbourne an Intriguing Designer Hotel

  • Written by Jessica Fornito
Introducing QT Melbourne an Intriguing Designer Hotel Where Industrial Minimalism Meets Eclectic Style

Introducing Melbourne's newest muse, primly positioned in the heart of the city's luxury fashion precinct known as the 'Paris end,' QT Melbourne cuts a striking figure against the city skyline. The landmark building designed by acclaimed Architect, Angelo Candalepas, features a classic geometric inspired façade which harmonises with the streetscape, and sets the tone for a visually intriguing and innovative boutique hotel experience.

At the helm is the dynamic design duo comprising of interior designer, Nic Graham and architectural design specialist Shelley Indyk. Both longstanding QT designers this project celebrates their ability to work energetically and collaboratively, with Graham creating the interiors for a myriad of public spaces, and Indyk's team delivering the design journey within QT Melbourne's 188 guest rooms and hallways.

Whilst leading international Art Curator Amanda Love continues her collaboration with QT Hotels & Resorts in one of her most exciting art education and commissioning roles to date.

Adding to the QT Melbourne design experience is the hotel's staff attire. The 'costumes' have been ingeniously designed by renowned costume designer Janet Hine, who is well-known for her costume design at Granada Media and Costume Couture. Creating theatrical attitude, staff outfits complement the quirky and cutting-edge style of the hotel, impacting guests' right from arrival.

The array of QT Melbourne's public spaces are a study in industrial minimalism and feature the prominent application of handcrafted black steel, stone and timber. This mood is further accentuated by modern concrete abutting, brass and bronze detailing. QT Melbourne draws inspiration from the context of its location and this is represented through fashion, art and a Euro-inspired melange of old and new, giving QT Melbourne its eclectic style. Bespoke furniture, provocative graphics, and a strong use of colours - whilst still incorporating signature QT quirk, provoking visual interest.

“As with all QT's, the attention is in the detail – from the gold studded bar detail in Pascale Bar to the French Toile wallpaper in the restaurant. The interiors really evoke a signature QT sense of place”, says Nic Graham.

In response to the Klein Blue staircase that ascends Pascale Bar & Grill, Graham comments, “The decision to resurrect an old grand staircase feature which traditionally always existed in luxury hotels is the stand out design element. It's not a contemporary setting, but a striking aspect and focal point within the space”.

Industrial chic best describes the guest rooms, which feature bespoke designer furnishings which blend seamlessly with carefully curated art adding intrigue to the guest accommodation.

A mix of materiality from metal bar frames, timber veneer joinery and leather accents builds textural layers, and the personality of each room is expressed by the character of the bedhead and colour palette. Melbourne Street Artist, James Beattie's 'graffiti tagged' geometric shaped rugs pop playfully against the chevron oak timber flooring.

The hallways of QT Melbourne are not just thoroughfares for people traffic. A visual canvas plays underfoot, via a custom carpet runner designed by Indyk and Jo Woolley from Brinton's. The concept cleverly mimics paint being poured and seemingly oozes down the hallways into guests' rooms, while maintaining a mysterious mood with optimally low light levels.

QT Melbourne joins an acclaimed family of Australian designer hotels, building on a global reputation for bold interiors and luxury but quirky hospitality. Spotlighting a range of unique design and art collaborators, QT is anything but ordinary and everything extraordinary.  

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