The Breakers – Summer Renovations
Something was clearly afoot at The Breakers this summer — a new custom-designed carpet in the lobby that adds a touch of vibrant color to the Palm Beach hotel’s classical architecture.
The first thing visitors see is the single-piece creation, which is 161 feet long, 25 feet wide and weighs 1,500 pounds, bursting into bloom with lilies, amaranths, irises and other flowers.
It was designed by Adam Tihany of Tihany Design in New York, who has worked on other iconic properties, including The Beverly Hills Hotel, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, and the Four Seasons in Dubai.
“We thought the whole theme of flowers and joy is what guests at The Breakers would expect,” Tihany said in a phone interview. “They’re coming there to have a good time. It’s a relatively classical motif, but it’s done in a modern way.
“When you walk into the hotel, you’re in the midst of a never-ending bloom. Everything is growing and there’s a splash of color and happiness. …“For us the question was, how to do you keep the beautiful architecture of the lobby and make it even better without starting to bring in other designs? I thought the carpet pretty much sums it up.”
It took a year to have the piece, produced by 35 weavers at Sacco Carpet in New York, made. “We kept following up on the progress,” Tihany said. “It was like painting a mural.”
The carpet has 70 different colors. Sara Flight, communications director, calls it “the pièce de résistance” of the lobby’s new look.
Earlier, Tihany redesigned two of The Breakers signature suites, The Imperial and Royal Poinciana. The Imperial now has a luxury yacht theme.
“The positioning of the suite is such that when you walk in, you’re basically surrounded by water,” he said. “So, we thought that the boat theme would be appropriate.”
“You walk in and you say ‘Hey, I’m on a great yacht here!’ That’s the reaction we were hoping to solicit,” he said. “It’s inspired by nautical details and the kinds of colors you’d expect to find.”
More space can be added to the 1,700-square-foot suite by opening up adjoining rooms. “There’s a big trend toward multi-generational travel,” said Flight. “If you’re traveling with kids, the grandparents, with a nanny or with security, this is a nice concept.”
The Breakers is owned by the Kenan family, heirs of founder Henry Flagler. They budget $30 million a year for renovations at the hotel, said Tricia Taylor, executive vice president and general manager.
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