| New York, NY - October 31, 2018 | The Gold Key Awards, held in conjunction with BDNY, will be presented on Monday, November 12 at Gotham Hall. Here is a little more about our client’s finalist projects:

Hotel Kabuki, MARKZEFF (Finalist, Hotel, Midscale)

Brooklyn-based interior design and branding firm MARKZEFF completed a $28 million revitalization for Joie de Vivre of their 225-guestroom Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco’s Japantown district. Fusing bohemian and Japanese style, the 1960’s pagoda-style building boasts a stunning view of the city from juliet balconies in each room.

The public space utilizes a black-and-blonde palette inspired by Shou Sugi Ban, an ancient Japanese exterior siding technique that preserves wood by charring it with fire. Guestrooms feature custom furniture, carpets, and fabric, with clever touches like wallcoverings featuring vintage Japanese newspaper print and retro sumo wrestling cards. MARKZEFF worked with a local consultant to source unique art pieces like graphic Japanese matchbook covers from the 1920’s and 30’s and historic images of San Francisco’s hippie culture. For more information, visit markzeff.com.

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Phoenician Scottsdale, Parker-Torres Design (Finalist, Best Resort)

International interior design and interior architecture firm Parker-Torres Design completed a redesign of the Phoenician Scottsdale, A Luxury Collection Resort, boasting organic textures and materials inspired by the resort’s desert surroundings.  The firm updated the lobby, the Thirsty Camel bar, and the expansive pool complex, including three pool decks and a pool bar. Along with stunning views of Paradise Valley, the art, materials, and textures inspired by local topography and indigenous cultures are design highlights. In the lobby bar, a custom chandelier above the concierge desk mirrors the seed pods of the agave plant and the carpet offers a distinct rattlesnake texture.

They also designed interiors for the three-story spa and a new-build athletic facility—in the lobby of the 30,000-square-foot Phoenix spa, guests are welcomed by a dramatic glass wing sculpture of its mythical namesake. For more information, visit parkertorres.com.

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The V Suite, V Starr Interiors (Finalist, Best Suite)

Tennis icon and entrepreneur Venus Williams, Principal and CEO of full-service commercial and residential interior design firm V Starr Interiors, designed The V Suite for the Midtown Athletic Club’s new 55-room boutique hotel, The Hotel at Midtown. Intended as a place of respite for guests after an active and strenuous workout session, the suite conjures a sense of rest and rejuvenation, with a living area composed of soothing tones and pure whites in the bedroom. For this project, V Starr Interiors worked with a long-time partner of Midtown Athletic Clubs, DMAC Architecture, who provided primary architecture and interior design services for the facilities. For more information, visit vstarrinteriors.com.

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