Beauty and the Beach: Lauren Rottet Reinvents the James Royal Palm Hotel

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Photography by Eric Laignel.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Photography by Eric Laignel.

At the James Royal Palm, a Miami Beach hotel by Rottet Studio, the meeting room’s custom wool felt wall covering and acrylic-polyester chair fabric, and rug are all based on an acrylic painting hung nearby. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The hotel’s main building is a replica of one dating to 1939. Photography by Eric Laignel.

South shore, a bar, features a boat photograph by Slim Aarons and a lounge chair by J. Sebastian, S. Harder, and K. Stomp. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Alex Prager’s photograph in the lounge. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Hans Wegner’s chair sits in the lobby. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Vintage surfboards inspired the patterns custom-printed on the acrylic fabric of custom chairs gathering beneath the lobby’s walnut staircase. The tricycle sculpture is by Sergio Garcia, the acrylic and charcoal on canvas by Patricia Schnall Gutierrez. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A built-in screen of lacquered MDF marks the entry to the restaurant Florida Cookery. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Seen from the elevator lobby on the ground level, a wall sculpture by Gerry Stecca is composed of clothespins. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Beneath the restaurant patio’s ipe-slat ceiling,teak chairs line tables with tops clad in plastic laminate. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Above a receptionist’s chair by Charles and Ray Eames hangs an ink drawing on rag paper by Portia Munson. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The lounge's etched copper sliding doors. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A guest room’s custom pendant fixture. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A custom wool-viscose rug in the lobby. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Lauren Rottet’s lighting-cord squiggle on a guest room’s wall. Photography by Eric Laignel.

An ipe banquette and table on the lanai. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Daniel McFarlane’s acrylic on canvas, which inspired the meeting room’s furnishings. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A custom walnut credenza in the restaurant. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Photography by Eric Laignel.

Polished chrome signage lit by LEDs. Photography by Eric Laignel.

In the coffee bar, vintage accessories form a tableau with back-painted glass. Photography by Eric Laignel.

This suite’s living area has porcelain floor tile. Photography by Eric Laignel.

There are two pools near the beach. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The custom headboard is rift-cut oak. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A rocking chair by Ron Arad is virtually all that interrupts the ground- level corridor’s 75-foot-long swath of original terrazzo. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A standard guest room’s lounge chair and ottoman riff on Eero Saarinen. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Porthole windows in the James Club lounge were salvaged from the original hotel. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Reception desks are walnut. Photography by Eric Laignel.