Hotel Ibis Styles, Tbilisi. 2017
To develop a design concept for the new budget hotel of the Ibis Styles chain in Tbilisi, which would reflect the main components of the Georgian “happy mood”: bright colors, mountains, and nature.
The modern hotel must blend in with the architecture and style of the old Tbilisi and become a point of attraction for city guests and residents.
Georgia is the country of bright colors, incredibly beautiful nature, and hospitality. We decided to create a colorful interior that will reflect the nation’s diversity, and to make a unique art object that will become the trademark of Ibis Styles Tbilisi and will attract the attention of passers-by.
In order to make sure patrons remember the hotel at the first visit, we put a huge cheerful sheep in the lobby. The sheep is created by a multitude of round white light fixtures that hang from the ceiling at different lengths. The seating in the lobby layout under the sheep is arranged in the shape of an amphitheater, and this uneven layout resembles the outlines of mountain ranges. We put a special emphasis on the selection of furniture and the materials it is made from.
The interior design of the rooms carries on the cheerful theme of the lobby and combines the traditional Georgian charm with modern minimalism. The landscape outlines on the walls are made from bright geometrical shapes that resemble mountains. The rooms are filled with light and bright colors, and the furniture, such as a desk chair with a fleece cover, adds to the cozy atmosphere. And, of course, we could not avoid some irony: the door to the bathroom has a picture of a sheep on it, but there are two holes where the sheep’s eyes should be – so you can spy on your other half.
We did not just use the themes of nature in our design; we also made environmentally conscious choices: LED lighting is used throughout the hotel, and all the bathroom fixtures are water-efficient, because we installed special adapters on the taps.
We placed a restaurant with a view of the old Tbilisi and the mountains on the roof of the hotel. There is a common table in the center, with sheep “walking around” in grass. An abundance of greenery, and outdoor string lights and light fixtures that fill the space with warm light, helped us create an atmosphere of coziness and comfort.