今年11月，一家令人耳目一新的酒店再毛里求斯的东海岸正式开放。SALT of Palmar是新成立的丽世度假村及酒店集团（LUX* Resorts & Hotels）的第一位成员，该集团的酒店分布在印度洋沿岸国家（毛里求斯、留尼汪岛和马尔代夫）、土耳其以及中国，旨在促进可持续发展，以及与当地社区建立联系。SALT of Palmar酒店位于一栋造型别致的利雅得风格的建筑当中，该建筑由毛里求斯著名建筑师Maurice Giraud设计于2005年，本次则由一贯以用色大胆而著称的艺术家Camille Walala担任室内和室外的再设计。
On 1 November, the doors opened to a new and refreshingly forward-thinking hotel on the east coast of Mauritius. SALT of Palmar is the first in a new family of hotels from LUX* Resorts & Hotels located in the Indian Ocean (Mauritius, Reunion Island and Maldives) as well as Turkey and China. Conceived to champion sustainability, connect with the local community and introduce culturally curious travellers to the real, unvarnished Mauritius, the first SALT hotel occupies a dramatic, geometric riad-like building first created in 2005 by renowned Mauritian architect Maurice Giraud – now designed inside and out by the always-resplendent artist and colour evangelist Camille Walala.
Camille和她的团队在去年受邀为LUX* Grand Gaube的Beach Rouge沙滩俱乐部创作了一幅惊人的壁画作品：热情四射的色彩和几何图案与毛里求斯的本土文化高度呼应，这也给Lux集团CEO兼SALT酒店的创始人Paul Jones留下了深刻的印象。因此，在塑造SALT的品牌形象时，Camille毫无争议地成为了设计师的最佳人选。
Camille was invited to take charge of SALT’s interiors following her work at LUX* Grand Gaube last year, when she and her team created a spectacular mural for the resort’s Beach Rouge beach club. The Lux Collective CEO and SALT creator Paul Jones was struck by the affinity between Camille’s passion for colour and pattern, and the importance of colour in Mauritian culture. When it came to developing a design language for the SALT brand, she was the obvious – and only – choice.
▼酒店位于一栋造型别致的利雅得风格的建筑当中，the hotel occupies a dramatic, geometric riad-like building
Given that the entire concept of SALT is rooted in the authentic expression of the destination and helping guests forge a meaningful connection with their surroundings, the most important aspect of Camille’s brief was to draw inspiration from the country itself – to weave strands of a distinctly Mauritian aesthetic into the fabric of the interior. Starting in January 2018, Camille and her long-standing collaborator Julia Jomaa set out to explore the island to find ideas for the SALT colour palette, looking both to the natural landscape and the man-made environment for cues. The resultant palette balances natural hues and Walala’s signature vibrant pop notes, and features a recurrent motif of black and white stripes.
▼黑白色的条纹元素是贯穿整个设计的醒目主题，the palette balances natural hues and Walala’s signature vibrant pop notes, and features a recurrent motif of black and white stripes
▼酒吧休闲区，bar and lounge area
▼公共活动空间，public activity space
该项目也是Camille Walala完成的第一个建筑项目。她与毛里求斯建筑师John-François Adams密切合作，共同设计了酒店的59间客房和公共空间，将一系列奇妙的灵感和思绪转变为绚丽夺目的、令人振奋的真实景象。
SALT of Palmar is also Camille Walala’s first architectural collaboration. She worked closely with Mauritian architect John-François Adams to realise her interiors vision for the hotel’s 59 rooms and public areas, translating the ideas on Camille’s mood boards into vibrant, show-stopping reality.
▼客房露台，outdoor terrace of the guest room
Camille和Julia还借鉴了Adams作为本地建筑师的专业知识，找到了当地最有才华的手工艺人来为该项目设计定制产品（包括编织工匠Reotee Buleeram、陶艺家Janine Espitalier-Noel以及擅长藤条编织的艺术家Mawlabaccus和Said Moosbally父子）。艺术家、建筑师和工匠之间的合作使SALT of Palmar与岛上其他任何酒店都有所不同。大多数的度假酒店会采用自己专属的设计模板并将其置入场地，SALT酒店则反其道而行，主动将周围环境的色彩和元素融合到自身的外观和氛围当中。
Camille and Julia also drew on Adams’ local expertise in order to recruit the area’s most talented craftspeople to design bespoke pieces for the project (including the likes of basket-weaver Reotee Buleeram, potter Janine Espitalier-Noel, and father-and-son rattan artisans Mawlabaccus and Said Moosbally). The culmination of this collaboration between artist, architect and artisans is a hotel that looks unlike any other on the island. Where most resorts take their own design template and transplant it into their setting, SALT has done the reverse, channelling the colours and community of its surroundings to shape its look and feel.
▼从餐厅望向户外泳池，view from the restaurant to the pool area
Camille’s task was to find the perfect balance between her own creative impulse and the authentic expression of the island’s character – fresh, playful and irresistibly positive in outlook. ‘What was different for me this time is the sheer quantity of things to take into consideration when designing; not only do colours and pattern have to complement each other, but fabrics, textures, surfaces, light, functionality and moods are also critically important to consider. In addition, Mauritius is a remote country, and although the selection of products and materials is wide, I had to think of many alternatives to things that I would have loved to use in the styling and build. Because SALT is by the sea and under a strong sun, we had to work with materials which could not be damaged by wind, heat, water or light. However, I did grow to enjoy the challenge of finding alternatives in the local area – that, after all, is what the SALT philosophy is all about.’ – Camille Walala
▼新颖、活泼、且充满积极情绪的空间，an authentic expression of the island’s character – fresh, playful and irresistibly positive in outlook
▼窗景，sea view from the gap
Photographer: Tekla Evelina Severin