Renewing Art Deco Grandeur at the Conrad Tianjin.

In the vibrant business district of Tianjin China, lies one of the newest luxury hotels launched in Nankai, Conrad Tianjin, recently opened just two years ago. LTW designed all the public areas, F&B, and 375 guestrooms and suites.

Inspired by its colonial past and the cultural blend of the East and West, LTW’s design revives the province’s prosperity and glamour in the 1920s – a significant era where Art Nouveau and Art Deco emerged as a leading influence on western culture and lifestyle. Weaving together the past and present, the contemporary design effortlessly blends the different cultures, revitalizing Art Deco decadence with opulence and grandeur.

Surrounded by arabesques white marble walls and bronze trimmings, the lobby boasts a clean yet lavish interior decorated with crystal chandeliers, highlighted by a 12-metre ornate partition. Dividing the lobby reception from the lounge, the floor-to-ceiling screen, decorated with Art Deco patterns in bronze and crystals, is mirrored by bold geometric patterns on the marble floor. Contrasting the bold, dark and bronze details, a tranquil palette of beige and white flows through the reception and the lounge. Behind the feature partition is Cha, a spacious, equestrian centrepiece to brown leather-strapped cushions, each feature represents the affluent lifestyle through the most intricate details. The stylish lounge is further fitted with a feature carpet, highlighted with a striking geometric overlay of yellow and cream.

Each of Conrad Tianjin’s restaurants take inspirations from cultures of the nations that historically traded with China. At the all-day dining restaurant Brasserie On G, deco aesthetics are mixed with European influence. The spacious interior is covered in slate grey and checker flooring, replete with bronze-framed glass partitions and dotted with dark veneer tables and armchairs upholstered in blue, checker patterns, and mahogany leather.

At the Southeast Asian restaurant, Bam Bou, the warm, inviting ambience is injected with tropical flair, evoking colours of forests. Walls are lined with vertical patterned tiles to resemble bamboo. Dark green interiors are accompanied by gold-rimmed wooden tables and chairs, to complete with metallic lanterns hanging above a comfortable, open seating area. Carved, wooden screens divide the space into private dining booths, offering an intimate experience for guests.

Ying, the Chinese restaurant on the second floor, takes inspiration from the Imperial courts. Featuring glass lanterns, ornate gold lattice is decorated with jewels in royal blue and yellow, and artwork that mimics Chinese ivory seals, the exquisite style and palette of gold, beige and tan echo throughout the space, working symbiotically to create a sophisticated, regal ambience.

Inspired by Tianjin’s exotic blend of elegance and modern chic, the designs and furnishings at Conrad Tianjin’s guestrooms and suites offer travellers a luxurious respite by replicating the lavish lifestyle of the past. With an expanse of white marble encompassing the bedroom and bathroom walls, the Guest-rooms are dressed in a neutral colour palette and a plush feature carpet, accented with yellow highlights, to evoke the playfulness of the Art Deco era. The white and gold colour palette exudes a modern yet homely ambiance. Complete with a contrasting palette of black and white, the spacious and stylish Presidential Suite further extends the exquisite touch of the Art Deco with layers of bronze, stylistic geometric details and striking, hold lines. Ornate, geometric partitions delineate the wide, open living room, appointed with a grand chandelier with dark leather furnishings, evoking the sophistication of the golden era.

Photo Credits: Seth Powers

Project: Conrad
Location: Tianjin, China
Design Studio: LTW Designworks