Interior Design

When Barry Sternlicht teamed up with design maestros Will Meyer and Gray Davis to launch the 1 Hotel brand, they set out to redefine luxury hospitality with a strong eco-conscious twist. Their flagship, 1 Hotel South Beach, isn't just a hotel; it's a bold statement on sustainability nestled in Miami's quieter Mid-Beach area. Boasting 600 feet of beachfront, this project turned the lower half of a 1968 building into a hotel that pays homage to South Florida's natural landscape, distancing itself from the typical art deco flair of the area.

Meyer Davis Studio's transformation of this space is profound. From reclaimed wood to organic linens and hemp mattresses, every detail contributes to their goal of achieving LEED Silver certification. The lobby alone, with its live moss mural, sets the tone for an experience deeply rooted in nature.

But it's not just about the eco-friendly materials; it's the innovative use of space that stands out. A reconfigured street presence welcomes guests under a porte-cochere of reclaimed redwood, leading them to a lobby where sustainability meets design. Here, the reception features a desk on a teak-root base amid a lush green backdrop, while a dedicated corridor streamlines luggage movement, preserving the integrity of the stunning, white-slipcovered Paola Navone furnishings in the main gallery. This area, divided by white-painted banyan tree trunks and gauzy curtains, offers intimate seating areas along a central path that leads to Tom on Collins bar and the Beachcraft dining room below, each reflecting the beachy, eco-luxury vibe.

The hotel's four swimming pools offer guests a choice in how they relax, but the real luxury here is space. Guest rooms and suites are spacious retreats of wood, sand, and ocean tones, with bathrooms that feature porcelain tiles mimicking wood and accent walls of reclaimed beetle-kill pine, highlighting the commitment to sustainability even in the details. For those needing a ride to Lincoln Road, the hotel offers a fleet of battery-powered Teslas, underscoring the luxury of convenience and the brand's eco-conscious ethos.

1 Hotel South Beach is more than just a place to stay; it's a vision of a greener, more sustainable form of luxury hospitality that Sternlicht, Meyer, and Davis have brought to life. Through their partnership, they're not just making a statement; they're inviting guests to experience the luxury of enough in an environment that celebrates the beauty of nature and the importance of protecting it.

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