Design talks: Spanish designer Jaime Beriestain about redesigning Radisson Blu Nice

Radisson Blu Hotel Nice got a makeover! And not just any: no other than famous designer Jaime Beriestain, awarded best Spanish interior designer by AD Magazine in 2015, took the job on to renovate 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.

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 the hotel windows guests can admire the beautiful view on the so-called Angel's bay, which also gives the name to the region: Cote d’Azur in French. 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 nearly hear the noise of the waves on the hull!

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This feeling is reinforced by the ropes and the knots you can find just beside the bar, on the walls and at the entrance of the restaurant. A few small tables and the bar made out of floating woods complete the maritime ambiance.

The South of France is well represented by the flower lamps on the reception wall: they are similar to sunflowers. Their orange light reminds also 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 at 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 for French restaurants and terraces, where the French love to spend their time chatting, reading, working…

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