FIVE DE­SIGN CUES TO TAKE FROM OVOLO INCH­COLM

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The dis­tinc­tive Ovolo ho­tel brand has ex­panded with the launch of its fifth prop­erty, Ovolo Inch­colm in Bris­bane (ovolo­ho­tels.com). Hav­ing ac­quired the bou­tique New Inch­colm Ho­tel & Suites, housed in a 1930s for­mer doc­tor’s surgery on the edge of the CBD at Spring Hill, the Ovolo de­sign team kicked into ac­tion to give it the ‘Ovolo treat­ment’. Here are a few de­sign cues to take away from the new look . 1. Old and new is a killer de­sign com­bi­na­tion - “Given the in­ter­est­ing his­tory of the build­ing, it was im­por­tant that we brought the vi­sion for Ovolo Inch­colm to life in a way that played on its ex­ist­ing charm and her­itage,” said de­sign lead Shel­ley Gabriel of Has­sell Stu­dio. “Such as main­tain­ing its orig­i­nal silky pan­els, which you’ll no­tice through­out the ho­tel.” 2. Too much art is never enough – A sig­na­ture of Ovolo’s prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing the award-win­ning Ovolo 1888 Dar­ling Har­bour and Ovolo Laneways, is the ex­u­ber­ant use of bold art­works through­out that fill the spa­ces with colour and in­ter­est. “Through­out the ho­tel you will find a range of art­work , both ex­per­i­men­tal and as­pi­ra­tional, with free­dom of ex­pres­sion and artis­tic pas­sion at its heart – from pieces that tell it ex­actly how it is to those from which guests will take away their own mean­ing,” com­mented Ovolo Inch­colm art cu­ra­tor Lisa Fe­hily. 3. Draw the eye with un­ex­pected flour­ishes; at Ovolo Inch­colm this is done with the in­trigu­ingly named Cab­i­net of Cu­rios­ity: “The Cab­i­net of Cu­rios­ity re­ally em­bod­ies ev­ery­thing Ovolo, and what this ho­tel is about: con­ceiv­ing in­te­rior-de­sign cock­tails with an eclec­tic mix of in­gre­di­ents,” Anna Roberts, stylist be­hind the Cab­i­net of Cu­rios­ity, has ex­plained. “New guests will be pleas­antly per­plexed by the un­ex­pected dis­cov­er­ies to be found in the cab­i­net – whether it’s Bowie-printed din­ner plates, old med­i­cal pre­scrip­tions from lo­cal physi­cians, felt Lam­ing­tons, or alu­minium-flower sculp­tures.”

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