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The Polynesian

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Project Title:

The Polynesian

Project Location:

New York, United States

Design Practice Location:

New York, United States

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The Polynesian Interior Design

All aspects of The Polynesian project were created as a homage to the heritage and indigenous art forms of Oceania’s treasured past. Geometrically patterned masi tapa (barkcloth) serves to inspire the patterns of the bamboo ceilings and cut stone and teakwood floors. Lava stone, formed then glazed in rich turquoise colour, is reminiscent of the ocean waters of Polynesia and the greenstone traditionally used to form toki adzule. The intricately carved teakwood bar inspired by upeti design boards. The dining privacy screens are inspired by meddo stick charts which were used in the earliest of marine transportation, long before maps and compasses. Costume fertility mask patterns inspire the cut-brass metal screen backdrop of the bar. The space is softened by hand-painted landscape murals in romantic expression of 18th-century Polynesian expeditions; accented by strong, yet graceful, painted figures donning body art of traditional island motifs and symbols.

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