Where Details ARE the Design

I am not a designer, but I do know what I like when I see it and I love finding “It”  in unexpected places. While maybe a beach resort is not an unexpected place to discover good design , I certainly was not expecting to see it in every detail , both in the architecture and the interiors at Marquis Los Cabos in Mexico.

 The open air lobby with soaring arches on either side provides an immediate view of the ocean  upon arrival.

The open air lobby with soaring arches on either side provides an immediate view of the ocean  upon arrival.

 

From the minute we drove up to huge arched open air lobby I couldn’t help but notice the complete feeling of relaxation and calm that the design evoked. There was a strong sense of being outside, one with nature, while being comfortable and cool. Natural elements were everywhere from the wooden log reception desk sitting on the river rock inspired tile with pebble and stone inlays, to straw baskets and of course, the white walls, everywhere. Even the orange and blue colors arose out of nature to great effect.

 The reception desk was one huge natural log resting on a magnificent stone inlaid floor.

The reception desk was one huge natural log resting on a magnificent stone inlaid floor.

 Natural woven baskets and orange and white in the main lobby.

Natural woven baskets and orange and white in the main lobby.

 The eyes are immediately drawn to the blue water of the Sea of Cortez and then cast upon the bronze statues and orange and white accents.

The eyes are immediately drawn to the blue water of the Sea of Cortez and then cast upon the bronze statues and orange and white accents.

Art work was scattered throughout the property. Large bronze statues and metal wall hangings, as well as paintings were expertly placed. The stucco white stairs with intricately designed inlays of stone continued that sense of relaxation and the blues and whites mimicking the white sands, blue water and sky, were dotted around the property. A beautiful Mexican jar sat a top our bedroom closet and ornamental porcelains and glass adorned the outdoor common areas. 

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Blues and Whites greeted  me each morning with my coffee.

Even the property’s Starbucks was a design treat. There were woven chairs and natural wood tables with arched windows allowing warm natural light to stream in, all while remaining cool and comfortable.

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Waiting for the elevator in our open air floor lobby was a sensory delight with the wooden console and brightly colored painting on the wall and slight breeze wafting in from the open air windows.  Perhaps the best “art” was found walking down the outside corridor and catching glimpses of the ocean views and white tower tops through the vertical portholes spaced evenly through out the hallway.

Details were intricate, yet all seemed fully integrated with an overall effect described as  fresh, natural, relaxing and vibrant all at the same time. The many textures and colors provided a visual and tactile experience.

Both the architect and the designer knew their space and their mission and executed it magnificently. I asked about their names mid visit, but then became too relaxed to bother with following up! I guess that confirms and pays tribute to their expertise, even if they do remain anonymous to us.