Hotel Missoni Kuwait, part of The Rezidor Hotel Group, is awash with brilliant golds, turquoises and golden sand colours, taking inspiration from the land and Arabian Gulf.
Its opening coincides with the 50th anniversary of Kuwait, the 20th anniversary of its liberation, and the fifth anniversary of the Emir, Sheikh Sabah.
It also marks a significant time for the design team behind the hotel’s interiors – international design studio Graven Images, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
Graven Images has worked directly with Missoni, The Rezidor Hotel Group and CRC (Commercial Real Estate Company Al-Tijaria), during the last four years on the development and delivery of the interiors after outline concepts were developed by architect/designer Matteo Thun with Rosita Missoni.
It also delivered the interiors of the first Hotel Missoni in Edinburgh, which opened in 2009, and is working with Michael Graves Architects on Hotel Missoni in Oman.
The 18-floor hotel, which has over-sized mosaic vases at its entrance, features the Cucina and Luna restaurant, the Choco Café with outdoor terrace, a large outdoor swimming pool, conference facilities and ballroom.
It is located in the city’s fashionable Symphony Complex, known for its offices and exclusive designer boutiques, and has 169 rooms, with 63 suites, and a Six Senses Spa on the second floor with 13 treatment rooms.
The design of the spa is true to Six Senses’ signature style of natural fabrics and materials. Contemporary but with a nod to Arabic art it blends in with the hotel’s public spaces where mosaics and subtle textures are punctuated with unmistakable Missoni stripes, zig-zags and bold colours.
“The Symphony Complex, including the hotel site, is owned by CRC, while Rezidor is the operator for the hotel element, developed as the Missoni brand within their managed properties portfolio,” said William Nolan, design director, Graven Images.
“In a design sense, we were facilitating the Missoni vision of lifestyle values within Rezidor’s technical standards and design framework, but in addition and in contractual terms, Graven Images’ client was actually CRC.
Between these three parties, our brief was to deliver this environment to the existing structural shell.
“As the superstructure of the Symphony Complex had already been built on site, the public areas and guest rooms for the hotel had to plug into the established footprint.”
The basic concept for the standard room types and initial colours and fabrics had already been established by Missoni; the public areas were at a similar stage, but the majority were subsequently re-developed by Graven Images, as the dialogue on aesthetics and operational considerations with Missoni and The Rezidor Hotel Group evolved.