New York-based design studio Sawyer & Company has unveiled its latest project: the Hyatt Centric Buckhead in Atlanta. Drawing upon local history and character, the hotel’s design is steered by three overarching themes: historical local context, compression and expansion, and Georgia’s legacy of clay craftsmanship. “Our goal was to express the location in a unique way, to celebrate the neighborhood, the land, and the history in a playful and sculptural way through form, pattern, and color,” says Sawyer & Company founder Tracey Sawyer.
The 218-room property showcases an artful assemblage of clay, pottery, and sculpture that celebrates the work of local artisans. The glazing, shape, and hue of the front desk initiates this narrative along with a light installation fashioned to recall the forms of pottery. A pottery wall installation by artist John Johnson is also featured in reception, while artwork by Quebec artist Claire Desjardins animates elevator cabs with a glazed appearance. Wallcoverings and artwork in the second floor meeting space counteracts the earthy minimalism of the design with bold and graphic focal points as well.
Accommodations perpetuate the theme with headboards designed to resemble paint upon ceramic surfaces with chevron-patterned fabric and wallcovering patterns inspired by the crackled texture of worn terracotta. Area rugs also embody the organic shape of earthenware, while corridor carpeting reflects the influence of nature and the notion of compression and expansion.