Wilson Associates references Hawaii and Maui for Montage Kapalua Bay renovation

Wilson Associates references Hawaii and Maui for Montage Kapalua Bay renovation.
Wilson Associates recreated the accommodations to honor Montage Kapalua Bay’s existing architecture and mirror the concept behind the resort’s restaurant Cane & Canoe. Photo credit: Montage Kapalua Bay

New York-based Wilson Associates oversaw the renovation of Montage Kapalua Bay, a 24-acre resort on Maui, Hawaii.

Drawing inspiration from the property’s natural surroundings, Wilson Associates’ Dallas studio recreated the one-, two- and three-bedroom accommodations to reflect both Montage Kapalua Bay’s existing architecture and the concept behind the resort’s Cane & Canoe restaurant.

The restaurant echoes island life with design features including the wood scrollwork, woven textures and floral motifs. These are now also present in the residential-style accommodation.


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According to Liz Dauwe, associate design director of Wilson Associates, the design goal was to create a neutral palette with few saturated colors throughout that wouldn’t distract guests from the beauty of Montage Kapalua Bay’s natural surroundings.

There are references to Hawaii and Maui subtly layered within the design palette. Each accommodation has Koa wood (endemic to the islands) with red tones. The natural color of the flooring is balanced with accents of taupe, beige and whites, representative of the sand, shells and color of nature. All accommodations have custom-made throw pillows with island-inspired floral prints and colored fabrics.

Additionally, the rooms are finished with chandeliers and custom artwork by local artisans. Another locally-inspired touch are the private lanais with a pūne’e, a traditional Hawaiian daybed.

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