The Breakers Palm Beach can never be accused of resting on its well-deserved laurels. The historic resort is continuing to evolve and improve.
Its fabled Ocean Course, for example, re-opened this past December after renovation; its Imperial and Royal Poinciana Suites have new colors and more open floorplans; a new restaurant concept (yet to be revealed) is in the works; and there are plans to renovate the Beach Club’s posh bungalows later this year.
But because first impressions often are the most important, The Breakers has recently refreshed its 200-foot-long lobby that has welcomed visitors worldwide for more than 100 years.
Celebrated designer Adam D. Tihany, who refreshed the Suites, has melded the resort’s Italian Renaissance architectural trimmings into 21st century by meticulously preserving the lobby’s aesthetic and heritage — vaulted ceiling with intricately hand painted details (circa 1926) with a contemporary appeal.
The centerpiece is a new, custom-designed, hand-tufted carpet inspired by the vivid paintings of French Symbolist, Odilon Redon. Conceived by Tihany Design (working as design consultant to Peacock + Lewis Architects), the carpet’s botanical motif evokes an enchanting garden.
Produced by Sacco Carpet, this bespoke creation was woven in one piece by 35 weavers on the loom, using the finest available New Zealand yarn in 70 colors. The carpet measures 161-feet in length, is 25-feet wide and weighs 1,500 lbs. The new lobby furniture, an elegant collection of sofas, lounge chairs and tables, reflects a modern design scheme, with vibrant hues drawn from the carpet, as well as dark wood and brass detailing.
A mix of signature pieces include bronze consoles with polished African St. Laurant marble situated behind each sofa, bronze and glass coffee and cocktail tables, upholstered lounge chairs echoing the carpet’s shades of blue and green; and a dark burl wood and marble credenza with hammered bronze.
In addition, the resort’s iconic floral display is re-created weekly by The Breakers in-house Design Studio and complements the blossoming burst of carpet below.
“The lobby showcases our history as an evolving, one-of-a-kind destination, and reflects the dedication of our family ownership to invest in the property for the long term,” said Tricia Taylor, executive vice president and general manager of The Breakers. “We turned to Adam and his team for inspiration to elevate our lobby to its most captivating potential.’’
Founded by Tihany in 1978, the firm is known for creating bespoke hotel, dining and cruise ship interiors at some of the more iconic and luxurious properties around the world, including The Breakers Palm Beach, The Beverly Hills Hotel, Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Four Seasons Dubai DIFC and The Oberoi New Delhi.
Tihany also was one of the first designers to collaborate with internationally acclaimed chefs such as Thomas Keller, Heston Blumenthal, Daniel Boulud and Wolfgang Puck to create signature restaurant interiors.
Photo Credits: The Breakers Palm Beach