Hotels around the world offer singular attractions.
1. Firm: X + Living.
Project: Ripple Hotel, Hangzhou, China.
Standout: At a retreat on the shore of a lake, water-inspired shapes define the ash furniture, while a woven bamboo ceiling drenches reception in shadow play.
2. Firm: Arent & Pyke and Spaceagency: Architects.
Project: Alex Hotel, Perth, Australia.
Standout: The facade’s geometry is echoed inside by birch-plywood furniture, softened by a pastel palette and such tactile textiles as mohair velvet.
3. Firm: JOI-Design and JSJ Design.
Project: Premier Inn Frankfurt Messe.
Standout: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland graphics and a lounge-as-library give a British twist to a U.K. budget hotel chain’s first property in Germany.
4. Firm: Warren Red and StudioCRM.
Project: Kimpton Schofield Hotel, Cleveland.
Standout: A plant-filled niche in the lobby reminds us that Levi Schofield, architect of the 1901 building that now houses this hotel, was also a nature enthusiast.
5. Firm: Agence François Champsaur.
Project: Hôtel du Ministère, Paris.
Standout: Pillow covers by Memphis co-founder Nathalie Du Pasquier inject color into the hotel’s separate duplex apartment, where blackened steel frames the skylight.
6. Firm: Stonehill & Taylor Architects.
Project: Axiom Hotel, San Francisco.
Standout: A celebration of the city’s cable cars takes the form of crisscross lighting and an installation of chromatic ropes that descends through the main stairwell.