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Bar Style: Hotels and Members' Clubs

John Wiley & Sons

by Howard Watson

June 2005

Bar Style charts the glamorous design renaissance of hotel bars and members' clubs and the way their cutting-edge interiors have helped forge a new social culture. Until recently dominated by sexless corporate design and traditional stuffiness, hotel and members bars have responded to a backlash against homogeneity and are now the playground for innovative designers, sophisticated celebrities, and ultra-cool urbanites.

The revolution in 'exclusive' bars began with the birth of the Groucho and Ian Schrager's boutique hotels. There is now a stunning range of intimate, ground-breaking bars -- even within traditional hotels -- that offer the fashion-savvy, post-club generation somewhere to see and be seen. The designs of Starck, Collins, Jiricna, Conran and Chipperfield rise above the zeitgeist, providing interiors of great beauty, style, and wit. - Wiley