Wisecracker Design re-imagines The Hyatt Regency in Merida, Mexico

Wisecracker Design, the interior and product design agency based in Sonoma County, completed a major interior renovation for The Hyatt Regency in Merida, Mexico.

The redesign of the public areas included the lobby, two restaurants, ballrooms and pre-event spaces and pool terrace, moving the property forward by replacing a hodgepodge of 1990s faux European ideas with a design relevant to modern travelers.

The property is owned by Grupo Dicas, headed by Emilio Diaz. 

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Wisecracker Design did the planning, design, purchasing, installation and logistics including export; overseeing the entire project on-site in collaboration with their partners in Mexico, Arteuropeo, the Hyatt Regency and renovation architect Mario Heredia. 

Lead designers and co-owners of Wisecracker Design Jim Neeley and David Dow succeeded with a tight budget and deadline by using high/low creative solutions, working closely with national vendors and artisans from around the country. They completed the project in less than a year and a half.

Key aspects of the renovation are the installation of a new lobby bar, a gathering space called The Library; and Amuza, a new restaurant concept and a facelift to another on-site traditional restaurant. Wisecracker Design designed many custom pieces for the project, including hammered copper table tops from Santa Clara de Cobre in Michoacán, handmade tiles crafted in the Yucatan for walls and trompe l’oeil area rugs, and Travelling Light, a suspended luggage sculpture made from trunks hand-built in Mexico.

Wisecracker Design is based in Sonoma County, California. It provides services in commercial interior design, hospitality, retail design, residential interior design and product design and development. The company completed multiple interior and product design projects in the United States, Italy, Sweden, Mexico, Japan and China.

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