Quayside hotel Malmaison is days away from completing a major makeover after linking up with a Newcastle design company.
The hotel chain, which has 15 properties across the UK, enlisted the expertise of Dakota House of Design to draw up a completely new look for the Chez Mal bar and give it a more feminine feel. The owners want it to be seen as a luxury destination bar.
The new design, which will be unveiled to the public on May 25, reveals more relaxed, lower seating and tables whereas before they were mainly at dining height, and the bar servery area has also been alterred.
Dakota House of Design has taken on the current trend where restaurants and bars have been given a stripped back look, and added features including planted ceiling rafts, crown-shaped featuring lighting, leather drapes, glass screens and other design details to turn the bar into an on-trend venue for hotel guests as well as Quayside visitors.
The contract to transform Chez Mal comes soon after Dakota House of Design was shortlisted for an international award.
The interior design, architecture and visualisation studio, which works in the hospitality, leisure and residential sectors, with major brands such as Premium Country Pubs, Best Western Hotels and European casinos belonging to Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, was one of six shortlisted in the iDogi 2016 International Architecture and Design Awards for its work on Soho, a popular bar in Basel, Switzerland.
Peter Hodgson, director of Dakota, said: “In keeping with the most recent trends in bar and restaurant design, Dakota provided a ‘stripped back’ look, revealing the fabric of the building, and adding other rustic items but with a more polished, luxurious feel.”
Richard Lockstone, general manager of the Malmaison Newcastle , said: “The space has been transformed into a romantic destination bar that oozes luxury and elegance.
“With rich textures, ambient lighting and private seating areas, it will give our customers a sophisticated yet comfortable setting to enjoy quality food and drinks. It brings a new level of sophistication to the bar scene on Newcastle’s quayside .”
Source : Chroniclelive