Celebrating its 25th anniversary in style, the Lansdowne Resort and Spa completed a comprehensive renovation earlier this year. The project entailed a full redesign of all 296 guestrooms and suites for the Leesburg, Virginia resort.
Lodging Magazine brings us the latest feature, highlighting some of the finer details that were thoughtfully incorporated into the design. MONOGRAM Hospitality Interiors at BBGM provided Interior Design services that truly captured the essence of Virginia Wine Country.
MONOGRAM Principal Kathryn Mickel was also quoted in the article, providing a more in-depth understanding of the “contemporary country” design concepts, and unique project approach.
An excerpt from the article:
“We coined ‘contemporary country’ as the stylistic influence… Wine Country is a popular tourist destination and the wine experience is important to the Resort… We saw this as a great opportunity to subtly weave the story of the area into the design.” - Kathryn Mickel, Principal, MONOGRAM
Keep an eye out for the full print release in the July issue of Lodging Magazine.
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Design Director Melba Santos is the most recent featured designer on Design Manifestos. The interview grants readers a more personal perspective on discovering her voice, sources of design inspiration and her rise a prominent designer.
An excerpt from Design Manifestos:
On discovering her voice as a designer
After graduating, I worked in the International Retail/ Restaurant Mixed-Use field and was lucky enough to be provided opportunities to explore creative problem solving in a team environment. It was this exchange of ideas that led me to pursue a collaborative environment that included continual mentorship from colleagues in Architecture and Interior Design.
From my broad exposure to design came a focus on the Hospitality and Restaurant industry, which I consider the time when I discovered my voice. I was hired by MONOGRAM (BBGM) because of my ability to “tell a story” through design and every story is different which keeps me challenged and energized. I understand that Hospitality and Restaurant design requires an all-encompassing approach as well as balance of technical and creative solutions to achieve a homogenous end result that can be appreciated by any given Brand, Client or Visitor.
Being a painter, the discovery of things beyond physical grasp has always intrigued me. I try to imagine who a guest will be before he/she leaves their home and what the experience will be like for them when they enter a space I have collaborated on.
Melba Santos is a Design Director and Senior Associate with MONOGRAM at BBGM, and has worked on prestigious hospitality projects around the world. Many of her recent projects have been featured in major publications and received praise from the design community, including Paséa Hotel & Spa, Irvine Spectrum Marriott and the Kansas City Marriott at Country Club Plaza.
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Following its debut, the Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach continues to garner press attention. The latest article from Hospitality Design goes into detail on design inspiration for the 250 ocean-view guestrooms and suites. MONOGRAM at BBGM Principal Kathryn Mickel provided additional insights on the essence of the design concepts, capturing the California allure of this newest addition to the Meritage Collection.
“The hotel’s design celebrates the culture and the magnificent views of Huntington Beach,” says Monogram at BBGM principal Kathryn Mickel. “We wanted to offer luxurious coastal living with clean lines and elegant materials. Our designs incorporate the local area’s charm and were based on our interpretation of a modern California beach house.”
The design includes local artwork, distressed wood finishes, and teak accents. Included among the guestrooms are eight luxury one-bedroom suites and the 1,900-square-foot penthouse suite.
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Following a $125M renovation, Washington's Watergate Hotel has reopened, and is nothing short of spectacular. Boutique Design provides the latest coverage on the project, going into detail on the extensive design efforts that restored the famous hotel to its full potential. BBGM was the Architect on the project, providing mid-century modern details that complement the avante-garde architectural style of the building.
An excerpt from the article in Boutique Design:
“The Watergate is undoubtedly one of the most glamorous and illustrious hotels in the world,” says Rakel Cohen, senior vice president of design and development, Euro Capital Properties. “We paid meticulous attention to every detail in its renovation and we're excited to bring our vision to life. Its intrigue is driven by evocative design, from the deep-rooted retro feel to the mystique that lies behind every curve of the hotel's architecture.”
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Senior Designer Israel Olmos is the most recent featured designer on Design Manifestos. This interview with Modelo grants readers a personal perspective on his journey through the profession, sources of continued inspiration and predictions for the future of architecture.
On becoming an architect
The truth is that I became an architect by accident. I started a business right after finishing high school, which I ran with my brother for ten years. Life circumstances took me back to school, and when it was time to pick a major, I chose architecture because I had some regular clients in my used car dealership that were architects. They would receive cars as payments and then would sell them to me for an excellent price. So I saw Architecture as a way to expand my business, little did I know that I would fall in love with design and architecture. I have not looked back since.
On discovering his voice as a designer
I believe any architectural designer could never forget the first presentation they give directly to a client. Seeing a group of people paying close attention to what are you saying, understanding, and appreciating the work that you and your team put so much effort into is extremely memorable. At that moment I realized the kind of responsibility we as designers have to create meaningful projects that, in one way or another would change people's lives. Since design is so subjective, it's hard to pick somebody specific that influenced me as a designer. I am convinced that I have learned something from every single person I worked with in multiple projects. This includes, of course, junior staff that remind you of those big dreams that you had when you first finished school.
Israel Olmos is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council, as well as an Associate and Senior Designer with BBGM. His work on major projects around the world has been recognized by the design community and industry publications alike. His recent work includes the new InterContinental DC Wharf, historic renovation of the W Hotel DC and the recently completed DC Ball Park Hotel.
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BBGM is hitting industry rankings in full force. Based out of Washington, DC, the internationally renowned Architecture & Interior Design firm has undergone an impressive transformation over the past couple of years, including a merge with MONOGRAM Hospitality Interiors out of Scottsdale, Arizona. The merger has strengthened the firm’s offering for their hospitality clientele, yielding the highest quality in turnkey design services and providing convenience for clients on both coasts in the US.
BBGM ranked #95 on Building Design + Construction’s Top 100 Architecture Firms List. As part of the annual BD+C Giants 300 Report, this “Top 100” list provides a comprehensive look at the upper echelon of the US Architectural Design industry.
Cracking the Top 30% of firms ranked, BBGM is proud to stand among giants. With a staff of less than 50, BBGM has taken on major projects over the past few years that many view as impressive feats for a boutique firm.
Recent projects include the $125M renovation of the Watergate Hotel, new construction of the InterContinental DC Wharf, and the renovation and conversion of the Kimpton Glover Park. Not to be outdone, their counterparts of MONOGRAM Hospitality Interiors have been hard at work, with recent projects in the limelight that include the newly constructed Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, and the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia.
Stay tuned for additional rankings updates as they are released by Building Design & Construction.
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