JOI-Design recently completed the interior design of the first Starwood hotel in the Ukraine. The flagship Four Points by Sheraton Zaporozhye is a new hotel located along the banks of the Dnieper River.
The hotel's lobby features a sunflower, a folklore symbol representing the Ukraine’s fertile lands. Overhead, an abstraction of this motif shines down in the form of a chandelier crafted from glass balls in clear and golden hues, while underfoot, a magnified reflection of the flower’s petals appears in the pattern of the marble floor.
Following the lines of the lobby’s curved shell are two staircases with lit marble steps. The traditional Ukrainian color pairing of blue and yellow has been translated in the design of a reception desk graced with backlit frosted panels and a gilded woven screen.
The color duo also extends to the other public areas through accents, such as the cushions on the plush, tawny leather sofas and lounge chairs in the library, wine bar and café.
In the guestrooms, this interpretation continues, with a traditional Cossack pattern transformed into the carpet’s contemporary diamond design to form a contrast to the room’s warm oak timber finishes. In the bathrooms, available are blue mosaic glass tiles.
The Presidential Suite is a small residence located within a bridge between the hotel’s two main buildings. Fitted with white marble and timber floors, the individually detailed embellishments, such as the small cream-colored porcelain tiles on the mirrors, a freestanding tub or reclining, and a chaise longue.
“Flavors” restaurant uses contrasting tones of light and dark walnut timber, said to “create a connection with the Ukraine’s moniker as the ‘Bread Basket of Europe.’” The sunflower shape appears again at both the frosted glass entry door as well as in the marble inlay in the oak planks through the restaurant. Celadon green cushions, flaxen wall covering and pendant lights, and modern paintings illustrating folkloric figures are also featured.