New Bentley Suite debuts at the St Regis Istanbul
Following up as an “encore” to the first Bentley Suite at the St Regis New York, design firm Wimberly Interiors has unveiled its second Bentley Suite to coincide with the opening of the St. Regis Istanbul.Designed to show the balance of high performance and sport within a luxurious envelope, the Bentley Suite Istanbul is inspired by the Bentley Continental GT supercar. The suite incorporates Bentley details and finishes to create the ultimate experience for a luxury audience, and in particular, for connoisseurs of the Bentley brand.
According to Liana Hawes Young, lead designer and creative director at Wimberly Interiors, the design team drew inspiration for the Bentley Suite from the St Regis Glass House genre, aligning it with the Continental GT model.
Both brands are hallmarks of performance and luxury, which translate seamlessly into a super suite.
“Within the Bentley family, the Continental customer base is an affluent and younger audience that responds to the ‘the luxury of spontaneity’. The vehicle itself has strong curves, sporty and sculpted elements throughout that play beautifully with the modern architecture of the St. Regis Istanbul property,” explains Young.
In addition to Young, the Wimberly Interiors design team included Noel Cuvin, creative director, Marina Pulliam, senior designer and Devon Dickerson, designer.
Specific design elements begin the moment guests enter the Suite. The highly reflective entry, accented by mirrored ceilings and rich, lacquered walls of dark Eucalyptus, create a “jewelry box” arrival moment.
Many design details evoke the Bentley brand, including a special light installation based on the Adenauer Forest section of the Nürburgring motor racing circuit in Germany where Bentleys are test-driven. The fixture is made of curved ribbed glass, inspired by the headlamps on the Continental GT. Each individual glass element creates a curve that mimics the curves in the track layout.
The curved sofa features signature Bentley diamond upholstery, as well as two Mulsanne bottle coolers.
However, care was taken throughout the design process to avoid overt use of the Bentley logo or specific branding elements. The goal for the design team was to create a beautiful space that some guests may associate with Bentley, while others will simply enjoy the timeless style and design of a living space that exemplifies the St Regis Hotel brand.
Photography credit: Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide