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“THE JEWEL OF THE INDIAN OCEAN: THE H RESORT BEAU VALLON BEACH SEYCHELLES”

THE H RESORT BEAU VALLON BEACH SEYCHELLES

As a member of the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World” (SLH) group, The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach, Seychelles presents the best of Seychelles
within a unique and warm space. Inspired by authentic cultural cues and featuring touches of indigenous art and materials, The Resort represents a tranquil space for travellers
to unwind.

A comfortable and intimate destination that offers opportunities to discover the treasures of Seychelles, the resort is conveniently located at the centre of Mahé, Seychelles’ largest island, on a glorious 3km stretch of glistening white sand and crystal clear waters. The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach embraces the island’s natural landscape making the serene and distinct accommodation units almost camouflaged by the entire scenery.

The H Resort interior design was envisaged and created by the world-renowned Montreal based designer, Andres Escobar & Associates. The design’s intent was to provide a relaxed atmosphere, with eclectic rounded furniture and a calm ambiance, in the midst of a natural setting.  No furniture having sharp edges reflects the stress-free atmosphere that hovers around the resort.  A common element found throughout The H Resort is the ceiling fans, with natural oval palm leaf blades that provide comfort and a refreshing breeze.  Upon entering the main reception area, the scene is a tropical one, with tub lounge chairs made of handcrafted Indonesian cane Fabrizio round rattan, cass maple cylinder side tables and rosewood trunk coffee tables; all reflecting the warm theme of wood which guests become accustomed to throughout the property from floor to ceiling.

The newest 5-Star hotel on shore, The H Resort is where the majestic lush mountains, home to the Seychelles’ local takamaka trees and coconut palms, along with a vast array of many different local flora and fauna, meet the pristine white shores of the aquamarine coloured sea.

Featuring some of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders, The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach Seychelles draws on a unique heritageof hospitality and tradition to create heart-warmingly honest guest experiences that harmoniously blend space and sensation.

Building on our distinguished status as curators of timeless elegance, The H Resort brings you the most exquisite in destination travel
— where refined and engaging experiences fused with flawless services create memories that last a lifetime.

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“Ibis Mediterranean Restaurant & Lounge”

Restaurant & Lounge Design New York

An endless list of celebrity faces and places have come to pass throughout Manhattan’s extensive history. Despite a slew of reincarnations since opening as an opera house in the 1920s, however, Ibis Mediterranean Restaurant & Lounge has survived the test of time. Having played host to icons of the stage and screen—such as Desi Arnaz, Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, and Edith Piaf—the 10,000-square-foot space saw a total transformation when it reopened this past April as a signature restaurant at the Kimberly Hotel.



The two-story, 450-seat restaurant and lounge was entirely renovated to evoke the feel of old Hollywood. “We opted for a warm and cozy environment using noble and muted colors,” explains Andres Escobar, president and CEO of Montreal-based Andres Escobar & Associates. “All areas of the restaurant were defined from the beginning. The focus was to completely reconstruct the venue to reflect the elegance of olden times and reclaim a historic Manhattan destination.” 


Mahogany-stained birch flooring and wall paneling provide a warm, neutral backdrop, unifying every space. Flush against royal blue microsuede-upholstered walls, a series of oversized burgundy banquettes along two raised platforms flanking the main dining room creates an intimate alternative to the central open-table seating. The platforms feature earth toned carpeting striped in abstract lines to complement the filigree above, while two pieces of contemporary art—custom crafted for Ibis in reference to the Art Deco era—depict black and white cocktail party imagery highlighted in clouds of billowing smoke. Resembling a wedding cake, a titanium pewter chandelier clad in teardrop crystals hangs overhead.



“We raised the two perimeters of the main dining room to make the central area flexible enough to use for private parties,” says Escobar. “Then we paired a classical-style chandelier with crescendo banquettes to give the patrons sitting along the perimeter the impression of being elevated and of importance.”



A grand spiral staircase was added as a literal and visual connection between the first and second floors, with twisted metal poles wrought in a mirror image of the perimeter platform partitions.

During construction, the team found a ceiling in poor condition, with layers of material that had been applied through several renovations over the past 20 years. “To incorporate the sweeping staircase now located between the bar and dining room areas, we had to remove all of the layers making the ceiling substantially lower than what we wanted,” Escobar says, a problem they solved by also relocating the AC system and ducts to the perimeter. The alterations increased the ceiling height on the ground floor and mezzanine levels from eight to 10 feet tall. 


The only space to retain its original ceiling is that in the main dining room. “We used Art Deco motifs and faux finish to emphasize it,” Escobar says. “The mission was to bring the venue’s history to life. It used to feature a large stage where famous performers would entertain during the heyday of theater.” Where the stage used to be, a private dining room now sits separated from the main dining area by a glass and metal wall with integrated shelving lined with wine bottles.

“It was our goal to restore Ibis to reflect the essence and glamour of the 1920s opera house it once was,” Escobar says. “Now when you enter the space, it is like no other.”

Website:  http://www.hospitalitydesign.com/projects/restaurants/Ibis-Mediterranean-Restaurant-Lounge-13546.shtml

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“PAR ANDRES ESCOBAR & ASSOCIÉS – KYOZON”

Restaurants Design Montreal

Designers : Andres Escobar & Associés Montréal.
Client : Restaurant Kyozon, Montréal.
Endroit : 1458, rue Crescent, arrondissement Ville-Marie, Montréal.
Superficie : 790 m² (8500 pi²).
Étages : Deux niveaux.
Capacité : 250 sièges.
Distinction : Lauréat d’un Prix du jury aux Prix Commerce Design Montréal 2015.
Matériaux notables : Acier et Bois.
Type de projet : Commercial.
Ouverture : 2014.

Photographe : Nick Shapiro, Montréal.

Pour le restaurant Kyozon, Andres Escobar & Associés a pensé un aménagement théâtral, mettant en spectacle l’activité se déroulant derrière le bar central. Aussi visible depuis la mezzanine, il sert de point de gravité autour duquel tout circule.

À l’étage se trouve le kaiten, ce tapis roulant typique des restaurants japonais. Ce serait le seul de la métropole. Le reste du décor, aux relents industriels, utilise bois et acier pour créer un espace dont la forte personnalité en fait un lieu unique.

Description du projet par Design Montréal :

C’est la hauteur des lieux, une maison évidée, qui nous souffle en entrant, fait de nous le point de mire des chefs qui surplombent la salle dans une cuisine elle-même surmontée de gros barils de saké. Car nous sommes au Japon, dans une de ses rues animées où les générations se côtoient, où la tradition cohabite avec la modernité. Le bois, matériau dominant, ancien, récupéré, exotique aussi, confère chaleur et authenticité à cette salle, dont le bar central constitue l’épicentre. Kampaï!

Site web: http://www.architectureduquebec.com/blogue/kyozon

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“Il Figo: L’éclectisme à la carte”

Restaurants Design Montreal

Depuis le 9 janvier 2015, le restaurant Il Figo a ouvert ses portes, sur le boulevard Décarie. On y sert une excellente cuisine méditerranéenne, originale et sans compromis, dans un décor chic éclectique réalisé par le designer Andres Escobar.

Propriété du groupe Eggspectation, le Il Figo a pignon sur rue au sein de l’hôtel Ruby Foo’s et assure aussi le service de traiteur de l’hôtel. « Ce coin de Montréal a de l’histoire, nous raconte Enzo Renda, pdg du groupe Eggspectation. Dans les années 1970, des restaurants asiatiques très bien cotés s’y sont succédé. Les Rolling Stones ont déjà mangé dans cette salle. » Bien sûr, la salle a énormément changé depuis, mais le plafond argenté orné de lèvres entrouvertes est comme un rappel subtil du passage du célèbre groupe britannique.

« Nous voulions que ce restaurant ait une personnalité unique, sexy et éclectique », lance Andres Escobar, un designer newyorkais qui travaille partout dans le monde, et qui compte de nombreuses réalisations montréalaises, notamment le Château Maplewood, le 215 Redfern, le Myst sur le Canal, et plusieurs autres.

Les chaises d’inspiration Louis, déclinées en plusieurs couleurs, donnent tout de suite un côté ludique et confortable à l’espace. Au fond de la salle, des banquettes surdimensionnées au tissu rappelant le cuir de crocodile, créent des espaces plus intimes pour les longs repas entre amis ou en amoureux. « Nous avons juxtaposé différents matériaux, des modernes et des plus anciens, poursuit le designer, et nous avons opté pour des couleurs souvent chaudes et foncées, pour donner un peu l’ambiance d’une boîte de nuit. » Les luminaires sont aussi d’un intérêt particulier : les motifs de bois de cerf alternent avec les grands lustres ou les suspensions en chrome, pour un effet à la fois chic et relax.

Cet été, une terrasse donnant sur une piscine ajoutera en plus un côté « villégiature » au sympathique restaurant. « Je crois que nous allons être le seul restaurant à Montréal avec une piscine » mentionne Enzo Renda en souriant.

La cuisine elle-même est d’inspiration méditerranéenne, mais revisitée. « Nous voulions bien sûr profiter de l’engouement pour les tapas, mais en élargissant le concept, affirme Enzo Renda. Le nom du restaurant est italien, et la cuisine du sud de l’Italie figure en bonne place sur le menu, mais on trouve aussi des éléments de la cuisine grecque, espagnole ou portugaise, en plus d’offrir des plats qui trouvent leur inspiration dans la gastronomie du sud de la France et de l’Afrique du Nord. »

Il Figo propose un voyage gastronomique unique à Montréal. Pour passer une soirée spéciale dans un décor original et unique, c’est un endroit à essayer absolument.

Site web: http://www.habitat360.ca/architecture-design/il-figo-leclectisme-a-la-carte/

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“SPRUCING UP AN OLDIE: Apartments in one of Manhattan’s most distinctive residential towers are getting a facelift”

residential towers Manhattan

Is this the return of a classic — or lipstick on a pig?

Depends who you ask.

One of Manhattan’s most distinctive residential towers — whose fluted design has split architecture critics for years — is getting a facelift courtesy of Colombian-born design guru Andres Escobar.

A group of developers that acquired 144 unsold units at the Corinthian condominium building on E. 38th St. has tapped Escobar to reconfigure and redesign them for modern-day buyers, who want sleeker finishes and more functional floor plans.

The Corinthian, a high-rise tower overlooking the United Nations, was once one of the prize assets in a portfolio of properties owned by real estate titan Bernard Spitzer, father of disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

Spitzer built the unusual condo tower in 1988 and reportedly fell madly in love with the design, which simultaneously landed the building on lists of New York’s most beautiful and most ugly buildings.

The property made a splash when it was first built for its quirky look, which features a series of deeply curved facades winding around one central corridor. Some scribes found it fascinating. Others dismissed it as a stack of brick-covered dimes.

The property was also notable for its massive scale — 865 apartments spread across 57 floors.

“The building has a very unique shape and each apartment gets a 180 degree view,” said Danny Fishman, managing partner at Gaia Real Estate, the company spearheading the redesign.

The senior Spitzer retained the 144 apartments for himself and rented them out. When he died last year, his son sold the remaining units to investment firm Gaia for $147 million. Gaia brought in Escobar.

“Andres came with a lot of fresh, modern ideas on how to make the space look great and also make it more functional,” Fishman said.

Escobar has already designed the model unit, which features plush hardwood floors, new sleek white kitchens, updated appliances and furnishings designed to make the most of the property’s famed bay windows and cylindrical spaces, and has developed a range of options for would-be buyers, many of which involve demolishing interior walls to create new breakfast bars and more open-plan living areas.

“One of the project’s challenges was to work with the existing building’s rounded forms,” Escobar told The Daily News. “We worked with custom furniture manufacturers to create unique pieces that fit the space.”

Units are available for sale both renovated and unrenovated with a premium for that Escobar flavor. Prices start at $825,000.

An unrenovated two-bedroom apartment on the 24th floor is going for $1.97 million. A renovated version will cost $2.13 million.

Website: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/real-estate/ghdddd-article-1.2213120

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“Paris Hilton shacks up in NoHo”

Paris Hilton sported a Beverly Hills sweatshirt when she touched down in Monaco this week with her $13,000 Pomeranian pooch, Prince Hilton The Pom.

Might we suggest her next sweatshirt purchase be “I Heart NY”?

The DJ and business mogul — she recently launched her 17th perfume and has made $2 billion in fragrance sales alone — has just bought a snazzy penthouse in NoHo, and knew how to negotiate here, too.

Hilton paid just under $3.9 million for the 2,400-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit at 737 Broadway.

The former warehouse, built in 1867, is a cast-iron beauty that is aging gracefully.

The full-floor homes were designed by architect Karl Fischer with interior designs by Andres Escobar. The apartment has wide-plank oak floors, high ceilings and two skylights, along with a floor-to-ceiling gas fireplace in white Calcutta marble, a chef’s kitchen, master suite with spa bath and a Crestron system to control it all.

Hilton’s broker, Douglas Elliman Jared Seligman, declined to comment, as did listing broker Raphael De Niro, also of Elliman.

Website: http://nypost.com/2014/11/12/paris-hilton-shacks-up-in-noho/

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“Bonkers New Flatiron McMansion Will Have Two Hot Tubs”

Skyway Development Group lavish townhouse

Skyway Development Group is going to build a ridiculously lavish townhouse on West 21st Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, and for the first time unveiled renderings of what that home will look like. 34 West 21st Street will have the following, in order of prevalence: seven floors; six bedrooms; six bathrooms; four powder rooms; two hot tubs; one glass elevator; one sauna; one steam room; one home office; one private garage (with a curb cut included); one garden; and one roof deck. Interiors of the 8,000-square-foot giantess will be designed by Andres Escobar, who has places like the Jade hotel and other moderately nice designs to his name.

Website: http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/11/04/bonkers_new_flatiron_mcmansion_will_have_two_hot_tubs.php

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“Fulton Street Parking Garage to Be Replaced With ‘Exhibit’”

A 10-story parking garage at 56 Fulton Street was permanently closed after Labor Day and the owner is seeking a demolition permit to tear it down.

Steven Brauser, who filed for the permit application with the Department of Buildings, has partnered with Socius Development Group to erect an 130,000-square-foot rental building at 56 Fulton Street, at the corner of Cliff Street. The 23-story, 120-unit building will be called Exhibit, Scott L. Aaron, a principal at Socius, told Commercial Observer.

Mr. Aaron is hoping to begin demolition at the site at the beginning of next month and complete the project by the end of 2016.

The Brauser family has owned the Fulton Street property since the 1980s and with a hot rental market, they felt the time was right to redevelop it, Mr. Aaron said.

Mr. Brauser teamed up with Mr. Aaron following the success of a past project. In 2008, Mr. Aaron developed the residential condominium at 100 West 18th Street while working at The Brauser Group, run by Mr. Brauser’s father, Gerald Brauser

The goal of the Fulton Street project is to keep the industrial flavor of the old South Street Seaport, Mr. Aaron said. The six-story base will be constructed out of wire-cut brick with multi-pained oversized windows. And a glass tower rises above the base.

The building will have 80 percent market-rate and 20 percent inclusionary housing, with “all affordable units getting the same Stevali Italian kitchens,” Mr. Aaron said. “The finishes are all the same.” Units will range from 450-square-foot studios to 1,250-square-foot two-bedrooms. More than 50 units will have a balcony or terrace.

Goldstein Hill & West Architects is the architect on the project and Andrés Escobar is tasked with designing the interiors.

Looking to have a cool and hip vibe, each corridor will showcase photos of artists and musicians from the 1970s and 1980s. The selection of images will be curated by Rock Paper Photo, which represents distinguished photographers.

“These photographers were on the front lines of the cultural revolution in the ’70s and ’80s in New York City,” Mr. Aaron said, adding: “They captured these moments in time. I like the rawness of the music and the art from that time. It’s not as polished as we see today.”

The building will include a 1,100-square-foot gym and 300-square-foot yoga studio in the basement and over 4,000 square feet of amenity space on the 23rd floor including a parlor, two wrap-around terraces, a lounge with a fireplace, a demonstration kitchen/dining room and a laundry room that will look like a library.

Heller Organization will be handling the residential rental leasing side and Jeff Winick of Winick Realty Group will lease out the 6,300-square-foot, ground-floor retail space.

Website: http://commercialobserver.com/2014/10/fulton-street-parking-garage-to-be-replaced-with-exhibit/

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“Street art ‘godfather’ heralds dawn of new Bowery building”

Caspi Development has teamed up with street artist Shepard Fairey to outfit a 20,000 s/f mixed-use Bowery property with a bold new mural. 

The Purchase-NY developer said the artwork matches “a contemporary, turnkey workplace that inspires creativity, collaboration, and productivity.ˮ

Fairey is considered the godfather of the street art scene, and is best known for creating the famous Barack Obama “Hope” poster and ubiquitous “Obey” campaign featuring Andre the Giant.

Now, Fairey’s work will adorn the seven-story property at 161 Bowery, a building Caspi bought earlier this year with a bold plan create modern office space for tech tenants.

Now the structure has a rooftop lounge with summer kitchen and congregating area, along with beer on tap and kegerators, positioning it as an attractive full-floor loft space for burgeoning tech and creative companies.

Other amenities include a high-speed elevator, bicycle work stations and suspension chairs, and conference tables that double as ping pong tables.

Caspi Development signed with WiredNYC to make 161 Bowery one of the first boutique office buildings with redundant fiber services.

The building’s original roller gate – some nine-feet tall and decorated by English street artist Ben Eine – will hang in the lobby.

161 Bowery was designed by Andres Escobar, and Gallin Beeler Design Studio served as architects. Daniel Levine and David Falk of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank are handling leasing.

“We are delighted to be working with Shepard Fairey on this project,” said Joshua Caspi, principal of Caspi Development.  “We acquired 161 Bowery with the goal to develop inspirational office space for creative groups, and we feel Shepard’s message captures the essence of our concept.”

“There’s an exciting movement sweeping New York City centered on reinvigorating older buildings,” said Tim Shopa, project manager with Caspi Development.

“We wanted to create a lifestyle office space with all the bells-and-whistles – a place that appeals to millennials. 161 Bowery is perfect for growing companies that need space quickly and without a headache.”

The artwork – which features a phoenix and the phrase “We Own The Future” – was painted by hand by Fairey and his team, who used boom trucks and stencils over a five-day span in late August. The project was coordinated by the Little Italy Street Art Project (LISA).

Website: http://www.rew-online.com/2014/09/10/street-art-godfather-heralds-dawn-of-new-bowery-building/

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“New 8,500 Square Foot Asian Bar and Kitchen KYOZON to Open Downtown”

Restaurants Design Montreal

You read right. KYOZON (1458 Crescent St), a whopping 8,500-square foot day-to-night bar and kitchen, will be open to the public September 9th.

The highly anticipated space is situated in a historic landmark building of downtown Montreal, offering a young, vibrant and affordable destination that hosts a great bar with New-Asian cuisine and a mezzanine Kaiten belt.

What’s a Kaiten belt, you ask? It’s a vehicle serving fresh dishes on colour- coded plates ranging from $2 to $7. Something like a conveyor belt, but much, much cooler.

“The inexpensive, vibrant and casual Kaiten way of eating is ingrained in the Japanese culture. Aside from healthy and delicious food, it is the socially engaging dimension that is so compelling and draws in millions of people from across the world,” says KYOZON Co-owner Brian Bendix, who lived and operated restaurants and bars in Tokyo in the 1990s when the idea of Kyozon was first conceived.

Since the space is so large, it can play host to over 250 guests – perfect for that 30th birthday blowout, a wedding party or just a casual dinner… for you and your 250 pals. Or you can just come alone and enjoy the views.

“We are very excited to introduce such an unconventional bar and New-Asian kitchen to coexist in Montreal’s nightlife scene,” says Philip Chang, General Manager of KYOZON and Montreal-born, third-generation restaurateur.

KYOZON’s menu will be focused on creating New-Asian tapas, street food and sushi that highlight local and Asian-grown ingredients.

The bar will be managed by superstar and award-winning Lawrence Picard of Nectar Mixology, who will be creating and offering a nice mix of Asian-inspired cocktails and spirits such as Japanese whiskies, Asian beers and a selection of imported sakes.

Did we mention they also offer lunches during the day and DJs at night?

KYOZON will be open seven days a week from Sunday to Wednesday 11:30am – 1am and Thursday to Saturday from 11:30am – 3am. Lunch specials from $15 will be available from 11:30am to 2:30pm and the all-you-can-eat Kaiten at $17 will be available from 2:30pm to 5:30pm, as well as daily bar specials from 5pm to 8pm.

Info is still top secret, but visit them here anyway.

Website: http://notable.ca/montreal/restaurants/New-8500-Square-Foot-Asian-Bar-and-Kitchen-Kyozon-to-Open-Downtown/