The 200-foot-long lobby of The Breakers Palm Beach has embraced visitors worldwide for more than a century. An enduring, historic beauty, it provides a breathtaking first impression for this legendary oceanfront resort.
Recently refreshed by celebrated designer Adam D. Tihany, it now marries a classical Italian style with a modern design. The refreshed design preserves the lobby’s aesthetic and heritage — vaulted ceiling with intricate hand-painted details from its last rebuild. The allure is now also infused with a contemporary appeal.
The lobby’s centerpiece is a new hand-tufted carpet inspired by the paintings of French Symbolist, Odilon Redon. Conceived by Tihany Design, the carpet’s botanical motif evokes an enchanting garden. It is as if bouquets of lilies, amaranths, irises and other florals native to South Florida are blooming underfoot.
The carpet was produced by Sacco Carpet and woven in one piece by 35 weavers on the loom, using the finest available New Zealand yarn in 70 unique colors. It measures 161-feet in length, 25-feet in width and 1,500-pounds in weight.
The new lobby furniture, an elegant collection of sofas, lounge chairs and tables, reflects a modern design scheme, with vibrant hues drawn from the carpet, as well as dark wood and brass detailing.
Signature pieces include bronze consoles with polished African St. Laurant marble situated behind each sofa, bronze and glass coffee and cocktail tables, upholstered lounge chairs echoing the carpet’s shades of blue and green, and a dark burl wood and marble credenza with hammered bronze. Perhaps the most eye-catching signature piece is the iconic floral display which is re-created weekly by The Breakers in-house Design Studio and complements the blossoming burst of carpet below.
“The lobby showcases our history as an evolving, one-of-a-kind destination, and reflects the dedication of our family ownership to invest in the property for the long term,” said Tricia Taylor, Executive Vice President & General Manager of The Breakers. “We turned to Adam and his team for inspiration to elevate our lobby to its most captivating potential. As our design partner over the last eight years, Tihany Design has reimaged numerous signature spaces throughout the property. Adam is extremely mindful of the architectural significance of venues like our lobby, yet skillfully uses design elements like carpet to enliven the space and give it a modern spirit,” she continued.
“Through my years of working with The Breakers and observing guests coming and going around the property, one of the most memorable feelings is a distinct, almost contagious energy of celebration,” said Tihany. In imagining the lobby redesign, I wanted to capture and complement that feeling within the first steps into the hotel. Elevated by thoughtful, contemporary furniture, the captivating new carpet transforms the space into a beautiful, charming garden – an eternal spring in peak bloom. It is a ‘wow’ statement piece that will quickly become a signature element of the hotel.”