Kimpton Da An Hotel

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Kimpton Da An Hotel, located in the Da’an district of Taipei, was designed by Neri&Hu as an urban retreat, offering a sense of calm while echoing the richness of the city.

Every aspect of the hotel reflects the guiding concept of the “inner sanctuary.” Guests enter the ground floor through a double height atrium that leads to a cocooned, intimately-scaled reception lounge beyond. A carved mass in the lobby brings natural light inside for a play with light and shadow. The tiled walls with curated openings which frame the garden outside are a nod to the ubiquitous tile work often found in the alleys of Taipei, providing a quiet backdrop. Intricate metalwork takes inspiration from window and façade details in the surrounding neighbourhood.

The guest rooms offer the most intimate and personal experience of the sanctuary concept. Wooden insertions, expressed as thresholds, section the room to create in-between spaces for momentary retreat. Punctured openings and windows in the thresholds offer optional views internally and externally.

The common spaces include Neri&Hu furniture made by De La Espada including Solo Lounge Chair, Capo Lounge Armchair, Trio Round Coffee Table, Trio Side Table, Trio Oval Coffee Table, and Shaker Dining Chair.

Photo credit: Pedro Pegenaute

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The Capo series was initially designed for the Italian restaurant Capo in Shanghai, where the interior design concept was based on a basilica and possessed an old world charm of masonry enclosure appointed with handsomely crafted detailing. The chair series also takes on those qualities of heritage, where the simple and modern form is enriched with tailoring details that evoke old-world sensibilities.

The Capo is a well-balanced equilibrium between sophistication and utility, between classic and contemporary aesthetic.

The Trio series is a tectonic exploration where the composition of the table legs is the design focal point. The tables stand on three legs, with each leg attached to another leg with an intermediate horizontal substructure. The tables express a purity of form and material, with the unexpected design focus under the table, where an intricately composed lattice work brings a hidden elegance to the otherwise simple and unassuming table ensemble.

Inspired by the Eames Shell Chair, the Solo Chair is an updated version that transforms the early industrial look of the Eames iconic chair into a sophisticated, comfortable chair that is suitable both in domestic and commercial settings. Solo chair has an upholstered shell that hugs the sitting body to create a microcosmic universe for the person, becoming an object of shelter and refuge, where the person can be “solo” and undisturbed while being hugged in this position. 

The Trio series is a tectonic exploration where the composition of the table legs is the design focal point. The tables stand on three legs, with each leg attached to another leg with an intermediate horizontal substructure. The tables express a purity of form and material, with the unexpected design focus under the table, where an intricately composed lattice work brings a hidden elegance to the otherwise simple and unassuming table ensemble.

The Trio series is a tectonic exploration where the composition of the table legs is the design focal point. The tables stand on three legs, with each leg attached to another leg with an intermediate horizontal substructure. The tables express a purity of form and material, with the unexpected design focus under the table, where an intricately composed lattice work brings a hidden elegance to the otherwise simple and unassuming table ensemble. 

Shaker is a dining chair, inspired by the simple, honest and utilitarian approach of the movement after which it is named. The ladder back allows the chair to be hung on the wall, as the Shakers would have done.