Degen & Degen draws from local inspiration for Motif Seattle, A Destination Hotel’s $10M redesign

The property now has art walls representing the Seattle cultural scene, and artwork created by local artists.

The Motif Seattle, A Destination Hotel unveiled a $10-million guestroom redesign, led by Seattle-based architectural and interior design firm Degen & Degen. The makeover includes all 319 guestrooms, as well as enhancements to the corridors.

The redesign is said to be distinctive to the Seattle market, complete with art walls that serve as representations of the Seattle cultural scene, and artwork created by local artists.

Degen & Degen used materials local to the area, such as natural woods from the Pacific Northwest. Seattle weather was another consideration applied to the design, with Degen & Degen creating a “rainy day corner” in each guestroom to be a welcome point for visitors upon arrival to hang their outdoor gear. The rooms also have enhanced lighting and high-end bath finishes that create a residential feel.

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Bespoke artwork was commissioned by local Seattle artists for each guestroom to visually reflect the various elements of Seattle’s culture. For instance, one such work has a local Seattle musician’s album spines woven together to create a piece of abstract art. Meanwhile, the hotel’s corridors have large scale photographic abstractions of Seattle landmarks.


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