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AvroKO has established a new paradigm in the hospitality industry, encompassing a multitude of disciplines while creating thoughtful and engaging architecture, brands, products, and environments. Since its launch in 2001, AvroKO has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative design companies in the field. In the past decade, the studio has grown to four offices (New York City, Bangkok, San Francisco, and London) working on projects across 22 countries. In this article, we will talk about the award-winning best hospitality interiors from AvroKO!
Interior design lies at the heart of AvroKO. The studio has built a reputation for concept-driven spaces that resonate with guests because every element relates to a central narrative. Their critically hailed portfolio includes restaurants, bars, hotels, retail, and residential projects from New York to Hong Kong, all characterized by a unique convergence between the ideals of the past and an off-beat, forward-looking sensibility. The James Beard Awards, Hospitality Design Awards, and HA &D Award are among those that have recognized AvroKO interior design.
AvroKO‘s design integrated hospitality concepts that deliver transformative guest experiences for the world’s most innovative businesses and brands. The studio specializes in brand strategy, F&B strategy, graphic design, interior design, and brand activation, a division that brings brands to life via marketing and communication strategies. Their process also focuses on the principles of Hospitable Thinking to address the entire guest experience from a human-centered perspective. AvroKO has extensive experience in the F&B, hotel, travel, residential and retail sectors, with clients ranging from start-ups to established category leaders.
Located on the 19th floor of the Rosewood Hotel in Bangkok, Nan Bei, meaning South and North respectively in Chinese, is a luxurious, contemporary Chinese dining experience backdropped by an exhilarating view of the Bangkok skyline. Inspired by the Chinese legend of the Weaver Girl and the Cowherd, the space features a 7-meter-high light installation with a moongate screen, blue lacquered ceilings, and a custom chandelier.
Maslow’s Mortimer House is a multi-use venue in a lovingly restored seven-story Art Deco building in the middle of London’s Fitzrovia neighborhood. The design concept is derived from the venue’s namesake, Abraham Maslow, and his renowned psychological theories surrounding human motivation and happiness, which came to light in his writings during the 1940s and 1950s. The center of these theories – Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – was directly translated into the design narrative as well as the programmatic layout.
With the aim of carving out a generous amount of negative space in a city where breathing room is hard to come by, AvroKO kept the design of this three-story penthouse apartment in downtown Manhattan purposefully spare. A natural palette of materials (Belgian oak floors, white-marble countertops) pairs soothingly with vintage furnishings in organic forms. The living room features 1950s Brazilian chairs and a biomorphic wood bench, while the dramatically sparse dining room holds only a rosewood table and eight George Nakashima chairs. A Massachusetts maker supplied the old-fashioned heavy window glass; the wide-plank floors in the bedroom were reclaimed from an Alabama gin factory.
Based on the concepts of simplicity and transparency, AvroKO focused on bringing a conscious approachability to the design coupled with the use and celebration of natural materials for Barry Sternlicht’s first solo hotel project with Starwood Capital Group. AvroKO was able to embrace the pre-existing remnants of the building’s architecture, including exposed concrete ceilings and floors, steel columns and beams, and terracotta block masonry walls. Natural materials were brought into space in their raw form including woods and textiles, celebrating their original markings, veining, knots, and color variation. Locally-sourced materials were used wherever possible, including a salvaged water tank wood branded with its source used to encapsulate the wall behind the bed, as well as river stones, plant species, linen screens, and leathers all produced upstate.
In the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul Korea, the Italian restaurant was inspired by iconic Italian design over the centuries culminating in a cross-section between the modern, bold, sleek Italian designs from the 1970s juxtaposed against a quieter style of 19th century Italian residential classicism. This is best exemplified by the black and white geometric floor pattern against a backdrop of Italian marble and white Venetian plaster walls with pops of blue accents throughout. The restaurant is made up of many moments including a massive central table with a blue granite top that serves as a buffet station during breakfast and transforms into a communal table for dinner service. The dining room is commanded by two large PDRs and the kitchen is home to an oversized copper pizza oven. The color palette in the bar skews a bit warmer featuring walnut throughout but still has its own personality with the insertion of mid-century modern furniture which adds an eclectic flair.
A rebirth of the social club, Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is a modern twist on clubs of the night — a truly communal venue blurring the lines between a restaurant, bar, club and live entertainment whose design is an experiment of avant-garde resourcefulness, set in the mythical architectural shell of a 1920’s-era mansion, re-purposed and infused with modern arts and technologies more closely akin to 2025.
Faith & Flower’s design inspiration is a confluence of downtown LA’s various neighborhoods, as well as a nod to the screen sirens of the 1920’s golden age like Sally Ran, Tallulah Bankhead, and Mary Pickford. The collision of these influences helped to bring about an element of a bygone era, of nostalgia and romance. Design highlights include a vintage “ticket booth” host stand, and a series of hickory cabinets with vintage wallpaper from the 1930s lining the interior.
AvroKO pondered the bric-a-brac aesthetic of New York’s Lower East Side to create this restaurant in the old Katz & Sons furniture storefront. A functioning pawnshop serves as the portal to a 250-seat dining space that nods to the shopping of a different stripe: a fashion doyenne’s 1930s department-store fantasy. Crescent-moon banquettes in dove grey upholstery invite diners to take in a jubilee of jewels, feathers, and fur, with an outsize wall “brooch,” a massive 18 ft. tall crystal chandelier, and sprays of peacock feathers adding touches of outrageous glamour.
The food hall and café in this innovative tech giant’s San Francisco office serve as the organization’s heartbeat. Designed by AvroKO and channeling the idea of “neighborhoods” within the office to bring people together, the space was designed to be multipurpose, equally appropriate for dining, meetings, brainstorming and more. Taking inspiration from one of the company’s mottos, “sweat the details,” the design focuses on small features and individually crafted furniture and lighting to transform moods and create a flexible space. The handcrafted lighting in the Juice Bar resembles a modern take on old street lamps, again drawn from the neighborhood concept, while the chandelier that dominates the entry has adjustable frames which slide up and down tracks, imitating the Muni Metro transit lines of San Francisco. The cafe is designed to evoke a residential feel. It’s a place of comfort for staff with each furniture group containing an eclectic mix of chairs, floor rugs and accessories similar to a living room. The cafe boasts its own on-premise coffee roaster, encased by a blackened steel perimeter and visible to diners.
Situated in the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul, South Korea, Charles H is inspired by the intersection of historic speakeasies in New England as well as traditional royal Korean palace dress and ornamentation. A discrete entrance leads guests into a lavish space that begins in a barrel vault complete with exposed theatre lights. It terminates into the entrance to the main space or a concealed entryway leading to a hidden lounge area with plush seating and an exclusive minibar. The main space features a custom-made bar comprised of metal paneling that was pressed on stingray skins, a glass mosaic floor inspired by the mother-of-pearl inlay techniques of Korean lacquerware, a custom-made trio of brass tables etched with artwork inspired by traditional ink landscape paintings, and a custom bar cart designed to convert into a simple DJ station.
Situated on the top floor of the Rosewood hotel in Bangkok, Lennon’s is a speakeasy-style bar inspired by a funky home recording studio mixed with some space-age flair while taking art references from the Vienna Secession period. After exiting the elevators, guests first enter a record shop that serves as a transition space before entering the main bar. Featuring two working record players, vintage records and cassette tapes clad the walls and are showcased on custom record trees and displays. Space features a private tasting room with secret doors that can accommodate 6 as well as black terrazzo floors with rose gold inlay, walnut millwork and custom rose gold and black metalwork throughout. Offering stunning views of Bangkok, the main bar area features private Pullman banquettes designed for two people that are illuminated by a light fixture that takes its cues from the Vienna Secession period with brass metalwork and frosted globes. Walnut wood is a stable throughout with Greek grey marble on the floors and Rosso Levante marble adorning the walls. The two separate lounge areas feature dark wood floors, pale pink upholstered walls, custom art features inspired by vintage instruments, and custom light fixtures inspired by turntables.
This three-floor restaurant was transformed into a modern, airy version of a storehouse where each floor showcases a rotation of herbs, products, branches, and even flowers that chef Matthew Lightner uses in his dishes. There’s a “goods & produce” wall on the first floor, a casually elegant second-floor dining room centered around an arched, open kitchen, and a rooftop bar complete with central lounge “gliders” and banquettes covered in vintage plaid.
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