Unveiling The Interior Design Of Rosewood Munich By Tara Bernerd & Partners

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Born from the union of two lovingly restored iconic buildings: the former headquarters of the Bavarian State Bank and the aristocratic residence Palais Neuhaus-Preysing, the five-star hotel Rosewood Munich Hong Kong in the heart of the Bavarian capital embodies a harmonious fusion of historical elegance and contemporary sophistication. Brought to the 21stSt century thanks to the collective efforts of Hilmer Sattler Architekten Ahlers Albrecht, London-based Tara Bernerd & Partners and DiPPOLD, the hotel features 73 rooms, 59 suites and five specialist suites known as “houses”, an Alpine-themed brasserie , a jazz bar. , two interior courtyards, a swimming pool and a spa. The design narrative celebrates the city's rich cultural heritage through a palette of sumptuous textures, bespoke furniture and carefully selected artworks by Olaf Hajek, Michael Mann and Rosanna Merklin. Designer Tara Bernerd explains how she created an atmosphere that exudes warmth and exclusivity, setting the stage for an exceptional hospitality experience in Munich.

Describe your design language and philosophy, your sources of inspiration, and what makes your approach unique. How has your approach shaped the interiors you created for Rosewood Munich?

I would describe our design language as timeless; indigenous people, speaking the local language; authentic and handsome For Rosewood Munich, we spent a lot of time researching the area and its culture, studying local materials and existing architecture. We sought to combine the two diverse characters of old and new Munich, through the use of form and materiality, interweaving contemporary forms with more traditional fabrics. Our approach throughout the hotel has been to bring a refined residential style, a mix of eclectic furniture, with attractive and bold palettes and rich materials, applied in sometimes surprising ways, to achieve a sense of understated luxury and simplistic elegance.

What was your most important idea and consideration when you started designing the hotel and the main idea you were trying to achieve?

Our brief was to bring Rosewood to Munich, creating a sense of place in the heart of the old town with elevated contemporary luxury.

Describe to me your creative process from the hotel commissioning you to the final design. How did you help them define the design aesthetic and give the property a sense of place?

We tend to take a very holistic design approach to each of our projects, looking at the key elements of a design from our first brainstorming meeting. Our design philosophy is very layered, taking into account many different influences, and we try to make every project we undertake indigenous to the environment. So we find that each has its own unique identity. We also ensure a persona, or what we call “DNA”, for each project that comes on board in the early stages. Throughout the project, we constantly referred back to this original concept to ensure we stayed true to the design.

How did you transform the building of a bank and a large aristocratic residence into a five-star hotel in Munich?

I tend to see many of our hotels as my own home in the old town of Munich, even though it is quite grand, so this immediately brings a sense of home from home to the building. It's important for hotels to stay true to their heritage, so when modernizing, it's key to stay true to that history while also adapting to a contemporary lifestyle. The design itself should feel genuine, without veering into simple pastiche.

Tell me about the materials, furniture, lighting, artwork and color schemes you've incorporated.

We have tried to place the hotel firmly within the city of Munich. The city has a rich history, which contrasts spectacularly with its contemporary architecture. The reception hall immediately gives a sense of arrival. As one of the original surviving parts of the building, it evokes the grand entrance hall of a grand house. The entrance connects seamlessly with the new main lobby, which introduces contemporary interpretations of classic features such as dramatic stone walls and textured recessed coves in the high ceilings. The high windows, which open onto the courtyard, have been framed in marble. Between the windows are full-height, rich, dark wood bookshelves, bringing a majestic residential feel to the space. The palette is a mix of navy blues, gray velvets, milk tweeds and brown leathers, which contrast beautifully with the mid-tone woods and gray marbles. For the Wintergarden, we were inspired by local Munich architecture from the first half of the 20th century for the double-sided fireplace. This has been built in stone with an increasingly reduced setback to the environment itself.

Our room designs are heavily layered to emphasize the feeling of being in your own private residence in the heart of Munich's Old Town, with cozy and understated opulence. Although there is great variation between rooms, necessitated by the shape of the original facade, all rooms are generously sized, with a separate sofa and sitting area like a junior suite. The furniture in the room has been designed to emphasize that home away from home feeling. In the suites, a wood bookcase divider subtly divides part of the room, with a mix of wood, glass and fins painted in lacquered green, dressed with a selection of books and objets d'art.

The spa evokes the vaulted basement areas common in Bavarian castles. With illuminated columns and vaulted ceilings, the ceiling of the pool area was partly inspired by traditional baths in Munich, such as the Müller'sches Volksbad. Intimate areas of tranquility have been created, with all spaces connected to the pool. Polished plaster niches and lighted fitted joinery have made it possible to dress up the space with works of art and selected objects.

What is your favorite hotel room and why?

Each of the suites is different with its own special character, and of these, the Casa del Rei Maximilian I is probably my favorite. It's a gorgeous suite that has been designed to feel like a stylish Munich penthouse. The variety of living spaces, including a full kitchen, has been inspired by Munich Modern. The distribution of the rooms is very spectacular with a high ceiling and sloping walls, following the line of the roof. A large double-sided central fireplace adds a real sense of drama. Throughout, we've used a sumptuous mix of stones and woods in an elegant palette of loden greens, grays and rich brown tones, with splashes of warm yellows.


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