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At Steigenberger's flagship hotel in Hamburg, JOI-Design was briefed to redesign a large restaurant into a multi-function space that retained a fine dining ambiance. In doing so, the designers harnessed the property's spectacular location and created a stylish establishment where the interior design flows effortlessly with the external surroundings.Situated on an island in one of downtown Hamburg's many picturesque canals, the Steinberger Hotel is surrounded with scenic water-level views of passing tour boats and yachts. Thus the restaurant's inspiration became “the perfect wave” as expressed through the simple elegance of the Calla Lily, since the petals' shape emulates the smooth undulations of the surrounding tides. The pure cream-and-white colour palette creates a sublime sense of serenity, while the textured stucco sculptures gracing the walls add a nuanced contrast. When gently backlit the sculptures take on an ethereal glow and when inset, their ebbed patterns are drawn out by down lights. The shape of the waves can also be found through the gold-plated banana tree leaves scattered at the base of these wall insets. Their metallic surface subtly casts sparkles of light, which, along with the halogen wall-washers, are reminiscent of the glints of sunlight bouncing off the nearby water. The Calla Lily's shape also proved an elegant solution for the space plan as the adoption of its lines creates a free-flowing traffic pattern through the restaurant's centre to contribute an important see-and-be-seen theatrical element. The layout also provides for a variety of events by integrating translucent draw curtains that can be reconfigured to form a breakfast buffet room, a conference breakout area, or a prefunction space. The restaurant itself can be divided into two parts by a well-disguised curved wall, allowing for additional flexibility with private parties. With thoughtfully planned spaces and clean sculptural finishes, Restaurant Calla exemplifies modern sophistication.





JOI-Design is the creative catalyst behind numerous prominent, internationally-renowned hotels, restaurants and spas around the world. The globally-minded, Hamburg-based studio teams with owners, developers and both boutique and well-known brands to design award-winning, one-of-a-kind hospitality interiors that weave each locale’s distinct spirit with the comfort and belonging valued by all cultures. Launched in 1984, in 2018 JOI-Design appointed Sabrina Voecks, Heinrich Böhm and Thomas Scholz as partners to continue the thirty-five-year legacy of founders and co-managing directors, Peter Joehnk and Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk. JOI-Design India, led by managing director Gaurav Premchandani, opened in Mumbai in 2018. 

Comprising interior, architecture, engineering, graphic and product experts, the studio creates hospitality spaces people love and return to time after time. As highly regarded thought-leaders and consultants, JOI-Design embraces client goals to realise optimal and sustainable solutions. Keen observers of the world, they understand how spaces affect people’s physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing, and therefore reflect the modern-day zeitgeist through unique designs that elevate the human experience.

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