Design showcase: top five designs in velvet

by | 25 May 2022 | Design

In collaboration with TOPHOTELDESIGN, we highlight five outstanding hotel designs placing velvet centre stage.

Standout projects bringing this luxurious material into focus take us from urban hotels in the United States to a stylish retreat in Spain.

A transformative material

Velvet fabrics, usually reserved for the creation of special-occasion garments, are also a well-known material for luxurious upholstery, curtains, pillows, wall coverings and more. Because it was originally made from silk, it could once only be afforded by the royal and noble classes.

Velvet’s unique texture reacts to light in peculiar and unmistakable ways. It can adapt a matte or shiny texture depending on the orientation of the plushy fibres. You know velvet when you see it.

Since it’s such a recognisable material, tightly linked to its original high-valued source, its presence in a room doesn’t go unnoticed. Velvet has the power to completely transform the feel of a design project.

There’s a fine line between attractive sophistication and kitschy taste. This material can look incredibly refined and contemporary, or just the opposite. While associated with a luxurious aesthetic, it can also coexist with totally different styles.

Only the very best designers can completely cover a room with velvet with confidence. Because that’s what innovative design is all about: taking confident risks and trusting your vision.

Today we have selected five projects that tackled this challenging material and transformed it into something bold and unique. Versatile and refreshing, here they are. Check them out.

Try searching for VELVET in TOPHOTELDESIGN and explore the results.


Can Bordoy Grand Hourse & Garden

Palma, Spain
by OHLAB Mallorca


Roomers München

Munich, Germany
by concrete
Lighting design by RTLD lighting design
Supplied by Geesa by CORAM


The Lexington Hotel, Autograph Collection

New York, United States of America
by Stonehill Taylor


Virgin Hotels Nashville

Nashville, United States of America
by Mark Zeff Design
Supplied by TUUCI



Berlin, Germany
by Saar Zafrir design

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