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Take a Tour of the Witty, Irreverent, and Exceptional Interiors of Virgin Hotels Dallas

From Texas Cliché Carpets to Unusual Book Collections — Two Top Texas Design Firms Take Us Inside the Edgy, Earthy New Hotel

BY // 06.29.20

Virgin Hotels Dallas debuted a few short months before the pandemic put a crashing halt to businesses everywhere — and before many of us had a chance to soak up the hotel’s stylish interiors. But it was worth the wait. Virgin’s doors are open again, with COVID-19 cleanliness and safety protocols firmly in place.

From the Funny Library Coffee Shop to the rooftop Pool Club and the guest rooms dubbed The Chambers, each space packs plenty of wit and sophistication with Virgin’s signature irreverence, dashes of red, edgy artwork, and unexpected design details.

Commons Club is the hotel’s flagship restaurant, bar, and lounge that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so the room had to look bright and cheerful during the day, then convert to dark and sexy at night. Mozersky worked with Porter Teleo on a custom version of their wallcovering Kintsugi, to give the room an interesting art and architectural element. The rice-paper lighting is by Spanish Designer Jaime Hayon, used en masse to create an artistic installation. Classic Cab chairs by Mario Bellini in custom green leather serve as restaurant seating.
Commons Club is the hotel’s flagship restaurant, bar, and lounge that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so the room had to look bright and cheerful during the day, then convert to dark and sexy at night. Mozersky worked with Porter Teleo on a custom version of their wallcovering Kintsugi, to give the room an interesting art and architectural element. The rice-paper lighting is by Spanish Designer Jaime Hayon, used en masse to create an artistic installation. Classic Cab chairs by Mario Bellini in custom green leather serve as restaurant seating.

We’d expect nothing less from bon vivant Bill Hutchinson, who developed the property in partnership with another bon vivant, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson — Hutchinson’s doppelgänger. The hotel features collaborative designs from two top Texas firms: Dallas-based Swoon, the Studio, and Joel Mozersky Design of Austin.

The bathroom in Richard’s Flat, designed Joel Mozersky, is a standout in Artistic Tile’s Sail tiles, which he says gives the space rhythm and pattern in an otherwise tiny area.
The bathroom in Richard’s Flat, designed Joel Mozersky, is a standout in Artistic Tile’s Sail tiles, which he says gives the space rhythm and pattern in an otherwise tiny area.

As the designer of record, Swoon set the creative vision for the hotel, along with The Chambers guest rooms, meeting spaces, and the Pool Club. Mozersky’s stamp is on designs for the lobby, Commons Club, Funny Library Coffee Shop, and Penthouse Suites.

Whether you’re thinking of booking a staycation or just need a little visual escape, the two stop Texas firms share some of their favorite design elements in our slide show above.

 

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