Sometimes we’ve got to be pretty imaginative when visiting hotel rooms during the transitional golden hour of the hotel maid, but our most recent research trip to NYC was a lesson in a new kind of creative thinking. It’s safe to say that I had never thought of purchasing a personal hard-hat for hotel site visits until this trip. We’ve got faith in the grand plans of groovy hotel designers working in the Big Apple though, and on our shortlist for upcoming Smithiness you’ll find the following:
After Tamara’s lunch with property guru, Starck-partner and Caprice-dater John Hitchcox a few weeks back, the busiest man in property development agreed to have a chat with us about what his company, Yoo, is up to, what it’s like working with Philippe, and where he hangs out in New York – when he’s not building 650-acre Cotswolds quarry conversions, that is…
Tamara Hi John. It’s great to chat to someone so involved with contemporary design and development. You’ve got some very high-profile projects under your belt – among others, there’s the Jia hotels in Shanghai and Hong Kong, the Gramercy in New York, and now Yoo’s new Cotswolds village development, the Lakes – which have you enjoyed working on the most?
John All of them. I don’t have a particular favourite, I love all my projects because they are all different, diverse, creative and challenging in their own way. We have 30 projects on the including high rises such as a 72-storey building in Moscow that is about to get underway (I find vertical living intriguing), and then there’s the Lakes. All the projects are about building communities and it’s fascinating to discover how people live and how they recognise the value of their home.