Andaz Amsterdam is ‘Best Design’ Hotel 2014, the world’s leading luxury travel site, has announced the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht the winner in the category ‘Best Design Hotel’. The awards are issued to hotels that according to Managing Editor Leigh Crandall, “capture the style, sense of place and outstanding experience that makes a Jetsetter hotel the best in a given destination.”

The hotel’s interior is a Marcel Wanders concept. The building, which used to be the public library of Amsterdam, cherishes Dutch heritage in a multitude of ways. Sensibilities from the Golden Age and the Discovery Age, as well as Delftware, historical maps, navigation instruments and Amsterdam’s creative and knowledge economy, all inform its design.

Mosaic Interior Design at the Andaz Hotel Amsterdam

In the atrium, the carpeted floor represents a map of the world and the lighting installation an ancient navigation system for travellers, with its constellation of shimmering stars. The wallpaper depicts Amsterdam’s architectonic heritage and an array of symbols are organised to illustrate the ascending from hell to heaven. The lavishly proportioned signature Bell Lamps, with their internal royal chandeliers, welcome international guests to this smart yet relaxed hotel.

The wall and floor coverings make extensive use of Bisazza mosaic as an integral part of Marcel’s design concept. One especially impressive work can be found in the hotel’s Bluespoon restaurant where one entire wall is clad in a hand made abstract mosaic visual which brings the entire space to life.

In Marcel’s own words, “As a designer, I always try to design things with personality and character. I even hand painted each wash basin in my one minute style myself! They are all unique. The Andaz is my gift to Amsterdam!”

Mosaic Design at the Bluespoon Restaurant Andaz Hotel Amsterdam