Design Talks: Spanish designer Jaime Beriestain on redesigning Radisson Blu Nice

Radisson Blu Hotel Nice got a makeover! And not just any makeover: none other than famous designer Jaime Beriestain, awarded best Spanish interior designer by AD Magazine in 2016, took on the task of redesigning the building's ground floor. We had a chat with the Spanish design star about the creative concept and iconic pieces behind this stunning project.

Inspiration for the design

The redesign was inspired by three main elements: the Mediterranean Sea, the scents and colors of the French Riviera, and the country of France. After all Radisson Blu Nice is located directly on the shore, on the famous Promenade des Anglais.

From their hotel windows, guests can admire the beautiful view of what locals call Angel's bay, which also gives the name to the region in French: Cote d’Azur. When entering the hotel you immediately get the feeling of being near the seaside thanks to the front desks: they’ve been renovated with a metal similar to the one used for boats. You can almost hear the noise of the waves on the hull!

This feeling is reinforced by the ropes and the knots you can find next to the bar, on the walls, and at the entrance of the restaurant. A few small tables and a bar made out of floating wood complete the maritime feel. For an even more complete experience, don't miss the new rooftop restaurant open since summer 2017.

Radisson Blu Nice lobby

The South of France is well represented by the flower lamps on the reception wall: they are similar to sunflowers. Their orange light is reminiscent of the beautiful sunsets at sea. These lamps are also a reference to the local carnival, known for its beautiful flower sculptures. Flowers play an important role in general in the French Riviera: from season to season they create a particular atmosphere thanks to their unique colors and smells.

The country of France as a whole of course also has its place in the project: the walls are hung with artworks depicting the French lifestyle. This authentic French atmosphere is also present in the restaurant: wooden chairs and small tables recall the certain joie de vivre typical of French restaurants and terraces, where the French love to spend their time chatting, reading, working…

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