• Hotels use unique materials to design their walls

    2011-03-01

    Many high-end hotels are known for their cool atmosphere and avant-garde decor. A recent trend among them is decorating their walls with one-of-a-kind designs and materials, according to U.S.A. Today.

    In the Renaissance and Residence Inn Hotel in Crystal City, Virginia, some of the walls have 3D water droplets that are made from gypsum and plaster. The hotel's lobby has large columns that are covered in a fiberglass material, the news source reported.

    "We're moving away from designs that are timeless," Jerry Calguire, Renaissance and Residence's manager told the news provider. "Before we looked for walls that were easy to maintain. Today, you're looking for something that's unique and that's going to set you apart."

    The Trump Hotel, located in New York's SoHo district, uses real leather on the walls of its elevator. However, Maya Romanoff, Chicago-based wall covering maker, claimed that many people want to use environmentally safe materials. Her alternative to leather is Polyhide - a soft and durable product, reported the news source.

    Patrick Goff, editor of Hoteldesigns.net, told U.S.A. Today that leather is also hard to keep clean as it collects a lot of dust. He claims that many hotels in England have been using "flock" wallpaper, which was popular during the Victorian-era.  

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