Following the first Bentley Suite at the St. Regis New York, design firm Wimberly Interiors unveiled its second Bentley Suite at the St. Regis Istanbul. The Bentley Suite Istanbul is inspired by the Bentley Continental GT, incorporating Bentley details and finishes.
According to Liana Hawes Young, lead designer and creative director at Wimberly Interiors, the design team drew inspiration for the Bentley Suite from the St. Regis Glass House genre, positioning it with the Continental GT model. The vehicle itself has strong curves, adapted so that they play with the modern architecture of the St. Regis Istanbul property.
In addition to Young, the Wimberly Interiors design team included Noel Cuvin, creative director; Marina Pulliam, senior designer; and Devon Dickerson, designer.
Specific design elements begin the moment guests enter the suite. The reflective entry, accented by mirrored ceilings and rich, lacquered walls of dark figured eucalyptus, create a "jewel box" effect. Design details evoke the Bentley brand including a special light installation based on the Adenauer Forest section of the Nuremberg Track in Germany, where the Formula One Grand Prix is held, and where Bentleys are test-driven. The fixture is made of a curved ribbed glass, inspired by the headlamps on the Continental GT. Each individual glass element creates a curve that mimics the curves in the track layout.
Wimberly Interiors is the interior design studio of WATG, which specializes in hospitality and experiential design from offices in New York, London, Singapore, Honolulu, and Los Angeles. The firm is known for creating internationally destinations in 160 countries.