The inspirations of contemporary design has emerged among the eclectic mix of gritty bars, ethnic restaurants and cultural institutions that comprises Perth’s hotel Northbridge. Long the haunt of rambunctious late-night revellers, the inner-city precinct is undergoing a renaissance, and the Alex Hotel is its latest standard-bearer.
Its owners, a group of five Perth businessmen, believe the hotel’s location and European ‘townhouse’-style of hospitality give it an edge over competitors. “We wanted a hotel with personality and culture, with an equal focus between bedrooms and living spaces; a hotel like a home,” says Miles Hull, co-owner and general manager. “We looked to Arent & Pyke because they deal in contemporary, relaxed homes.”
To achieve a timeless look and soften the industrial-style interior, Arent & Pyke collaborated with New Zealand design team Douglas and Bec on furniture and accessories. The resulting pieces sit alongside an eclectic mix of design classics ranging from Mattiazzi ‘Branca’ stools to Thonet ‘No. 811 Hoffmann’ cane chairs and classic Fermob ‘Bistro’ chairs. Ambient lighting, including designs by Le Corbusier and Ladies & Gentlemen, is hung throughout the hotel, while in the rooms, luxurious Bemboka blankets contrast with stark white Beltrami linen.
Common areas are similarly thoughtful. Downstairs is relaxed with low furniture and a communal table, while upstairs a mix of furniture heights and room configurations provides a more private experience. “We wanted the space to be inclusive, to invite you in and allow you to make it your own home,” explains Pyke. And as the saying goes, there’s no place quite like it.