JOI-Design redesigns JW Marriott Cannes

The public areas of a Marriott hotel on the French Riviera was modernized by JOI-Design, as it re-introduced the JW Marriott Cannes.

Located on the former site of the Palais des Festivals, the JW Marriott Cannes is on the Boulevard de la Croisette. The property's 1980s architecture provided a neutral background and the building’s clean lines have been carried through into the interior design concept.

The designers deliberately kept to a subdued color palette of grays, mahogany, black and ivory accented with warm gold and champagne tones. Material finishes include Carrara marble, Macassar Ebony timber, leather, velvet and silk.

At the entrance, structural columns are transformed to emulate golden palms and the design of the port cochère now suggests a canopy of palm fronds. A “carpeted” staircase of sepia and grey marble inlaid with a golden stone stripe escorts guests into the hotel’s reception area.

Inside, the lobby opens into five stories in height, with vertical features that compel guests to raise their gaze upwards. A sculpture of golden “leaves” cascades into the center of the space; and vertical columns encased in marble are touched by filtered sunlight from above. Horizontal rows of balconies, also marble-clad, are accentuated and reflected in the mirrored ceiling above.


As a counterpoint to the horizontal and vertical lines above, the design at ground level takes on a more organic feel. The polished marble floor is interspersed with seating areas defined by inlaid carpets with subtle, golden-toned palm frond patterns on a dark chocolate background. Bronze “meridian lines” running through the marble and carpet flooring connect the separate materials. Seating is plush, with several options for meeting and greeting including tall wingback chairs and low club chairs and sofas. In addition, a customized communal sofa divides and defines seating areas between the lobby and bar. Featured is a composition of soft greys, champagnes, velvet and burnished metal speaks.

The bar is finished in Macassar Ebony timber and burnished gold, with glass pendant lights above adding to the ambience. There are also Champagne tables with white leather seating contrasted against the dark grey marble flooring. An adjacent wall displays a wine rack constructed of a rose-gold mesh in which bottles are suspended.

JW Grill is an all-day-dining affair with an outdoor terrace overlooking “La Croisette” and the seascape beyond. The restaurant has finishes of stone flooring, leather upholstery and dark timber joinery. Bespoke details include stitched embroidery of the banquettes, tailored seating and minimal accessories, such as a graceful light sculpture that is the single focal point, comprised of a crystal teardrop constellation suspended in a cut-out recess that snakes across the center of the restaurant’s ceiling. There is also a terrace.

In addition, as part of the brief, the designers were challenged with improving access between the lobby and the restaurant and thereby increasing patronage. Their solution was to design the requisite Marriott-branded “communal table” as a dynamic piece of furniture and locate it within sight of the bar/lobby area. The result is that what at first appears to be a piece of artwork is actually a multifunctional table.


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