HAZELTON HOTEL, TORONTO
Annie Block -- Interior Design, 12/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
With the Hazelton, principals George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg give Toronto its first five-star boutique hotel. The designers were responsible for the 77 plush guest suites and all public spaces, including the lobby, One restaurant, the spa, the theater, and the lobby for the Hazelton's 18 private residences—165,000 square feet of muted elegance in total. Quiet drama and luxury reign throughout: Walls are paneled in charcoal-gray cowhide or leather; flooring is veined green marble slabs; decorative bronze screens stand floor-to-ceiling; accents of mother-of-pearl and mirror sparkle. "We design interiors for the emotional response," Pushelberg says. "The Hazelton captures a romantic glamour," adds Yabu. It's playful, too: At the entry to One, the designers echo Dennis Lin's cedar cube sculpture with wall paneling of beveled squares covered in sumptuous earth-toned suede.
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