Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

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Time Warp: The Durham Hotel

It’s not just the exterior of Durham’s former Mutual Community Savings Bank that will take you back to the 1960’s… Thanks to the work of LA studio Commune Design the interior of The Durham Hotel, a cool and cultured boutique hotel, now compliments its Mid Century Modern façade, offering a colourful vintage elegance that draws in locals and visitors alike with a real sense of community.

The goal of Commune Design was to transform the establishment into a gathering space for all creatives, which shows in the bold use of pattern and colour that can be seen from the get-go. The floor and sky-high walls of the entrance to the building are covered in black and white geometric tiles, the monochromatic colour scheme a stark contrast to the abundance of colour present on the other side of the entrance doors.

Bold red-and-cream geometric-patterned carpeting enhances the restaurant and lobby area, layered with even more colour with accents of teal, green, orange, mustard yellow, and mint – a colour combination not normally thought of, but due to the careful placement of each hue it all strangely works!

The colours continue through to the 53 guest rooms and penthouse suite, featuring elements like deep blue carpeting and mustard yellow s-fold curtains. The mix of light oak and walnut timbers break up the different saturated hues for a refined Mid Century Modern space. The rooms throughout the hotel are adorned with products from national and local artisans and designers, ultimately supporting the creative community welcomed by The Durham Hotel.

Alexandra D