Bydd Aled a Leah yn ymweld a gwesty'r Faena yn Buenos Aires, y 'Rough Luxe' yn Llundain, a'r Duomo yn Rimini yn yr Eidal. Aled and Leah visit hotels in Buenos Aires, Rimini & Lo...
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-Tonight, a London hotel
-that's both Rough and Luxe.
-Cutting edge 21st-century design
-at the DuoMo...
-..and innovative Philippe Starck
-design in Buenos Aires.
-Welcome to 04Wal Gwestai'r Byd.
-A sedate north London Georgian street
-opposite Kings Cross station.
-It's an area
-with a chequered history.
-Rough Luxe Hotel
-stands in the middle of that area.
-Rough refers to the surroundings.
-Luxe refers to the luxury
-you'll find within its walls.
-The area is a little bit of rough
-in a luxurious London...
-..and the hotel is a bit of luxury
-in rough surroundings.
-Small is beautiful in this case,
-as we'll see.
-People at home must be intrigued
-by this strange combination.
-What inspired the design?
-The concept is to redefine luxury.
-To offer an enriching experience
-not offered by mass-market hotels.
-Here, the designer has worked
-almost as an archaeologist.
-The building has been stripped back
-to its very essence.
-During the refurbishment process,
-layers of wallpaper were discovered.
-That's a strong element
-of the Rough Luxe philosophy.
-They have amassed
-a quirky collection.
-The owl sits on a branch
-that shoots from the lamp.
-This rabbit clings onto the table.
-These items make you smile
-and most hotels lack humour.
-You don't expect to see such things
-in a luxury hotel.
-That collection of butterflies
-has great charm.
-Rabih Hage came up with
-a very detailed design...
-..though it appears
-to have come together naturally.
-This is a bedroom.
-If you're wondering why anyone
-should pay to stay in a hotel...
-..where there's no wallpaper,
-you may have missed the point.
-By exposing the walls, you reveal
-this building's past lives.
-Different periods appear,
-almost like ghosts, from the walls.
-The green, blue and red
-remind me of a Monet painting.
-Against the raw background,
-you have prints by Aki Kuroda.
-They're very modern
-and not to everyone's taste...
-..but they provide
-the room's luxurious element.
-New prints contrast
-with the old backdrop.
-Above the sofa,
-which doubles as a bed...
-an undeniably rough chandelier...
-..compared to those in the picture!
-This room is on the top floor.
-There's a strong
-design structure here.
-There are no raw elements to it.
-It's more ordinary, in a way...
-..and yet, the idea of exposing
-the walls is used in the bathroom.
-The most amazing thing about it
-is the fantastic copper bath.
-The picture opposite the bed
-is a stroke of genius.
-It gives you a feeling of depth.
-It's a constant theme in this hotel.
-It's a Massimo Listri piece.
-You're drawn into it, aren't you?
-This is the breakfast room,
-in the cellar.
-Guests sit around this square table
-to eat their breakfast.
-The table is a patchwork
-of different planks of wood.
-The timber came from
-one of Brighton's piers.
-Probably the one that burnt down.
-The wind, the sun and the seawater
-has added interest to the surface.
-This creates an ambience
-in the room...
-..as does the collection of chairs.
-has brought something to the table.
-Behind me, a picture has been pasted
-onto the wall.
-There are cupboards behind it,
-which is clever.
-There's a picture of a church cupola
-on the ceiling.
-It all creates an illusion
-of space and luxury.
-Designs such as this
-make striking a balance difficult.
-Is it a success?
-It's a magical design.
-It's very charming.
-It certainly challenges you
-to think outside the box.
-It offers a different perspective
-It's no bad thing because we often
-feel uncomfortable about luxury.
-It's certainly a new way
-of looking at luxury.
-The aim is to convince people
-that the exposed walls...
-..are every bit as valuable
-as that picture.
-We have travelled
-along Italy's Adriatic coast.
-Along Italy's backbone, in a way,
-to the DuoMo hotel in Rimini.
-It's an ultra-modern interior
-inside an ancient building...
-..or an old building, at least.
-It was designed by Ron Arad,
-which explains the red doors.
-What a strange experience!
-It's like being invited
-inside the walls of Jericho!
-are like giant pinball flippers.
-add to that pinball machine feel.
-There's an amazing sight
-in front of me.
-I've been around the block
-a few times...
-..but I can honestly say
-I've never seen anything like this!
-It certainly redefines
-the reception desk.
-Yes, and it fills the room.
-It's a stainless steel ring...
-..set with a desk
-rather than precious stones.
-The round shape has softened
-the barrier between hotel and guest.
-It almost looks like a smile.
-Yes, this gigantic reception desk
-shatters your concept of gravity!
-at a seemingly impossible angle.
-I've only moved from the front door
-to the reception desk...
-..and my jaw has hit the floor
-That's what you expect
-from a Ron Arad design.
-He uses a lot of steel in his work.
-He also uses bulbous shapes.
-Ron Arad was born in Tel Aviv
-He's a trained architect
-who's also a furniture designer.
-In 2009, he exhibited his work
-at New York's Museum of Modern Art.
-If you want home comforts,
-the DuoMo isn't the place for you.
-You won't find any here.
-This hotel's concept
-is all about new experiences.
-It looks like a futuristic
-sci-fi film set!
-It looks like a spaceship
-that hops from planet to planet.
-This lobby also feels futuristic.
-Like the reception desk,
-it reverses design expectations.
-They have created a room
-in the corridors.
-The futuristic tone is evident -
-it's quite an alien experience.
-Having said that, it's comfortable.
-and furniture all seem to blend.
-This is oversized,
-like the reception desk.
-It goes from floor to ceiling.
-The lights are inserted
-flush with the walls...
-..maintaining the clean lines.
-Everything is sleek
-..but the numbers look
-as if they were painted by a child!
-The graphics are also
-the designer's work.
-This is his handwriting.
-It looks a bit rough, doesn't it?
-Yes, it contrasts
-with the sleek walls.
-Yes, but the metallic paint
-carries echoes of its surroundings.
-We've already seen a red room
-and this must be the purple floor.
-This is a three-storey hotel.
-Each floor has a different colour,
-working with a monochrome palette.
-There's a purple floor, a red floor
-and a lime floor.
-You can see Ron Arad's hand
-in every detail of the interior.
-If the hotel had a signature,
-I think it's this pod.
-The idea of the egg within the box.
-Yes, Ron Arad's background
-is in industrial design.
-That's evident here.
-Everything is packaged here.
-and all integral to the design.
-It wasn't decorated, it was created.
-There's a bathroom within the pod.
-It's separate from the main bedroom.
-Just when I thought that this hotel
-had yielded all its surprises...
-..I come across
-one more amazing nugget.
-This room is it.
-It's a bar, a nightclub
-and a dining room in one.
-The bar top defines the room.
-From one angle, it looks like liquid
-flowing from corner to corner.
-From another angle, it looks
-like a Henry Moore sculpture.
-Tying the design together
-is this glorious bronze.
-It's like a ribbon,
-flowing to the far end...
-..up the wall, along the ceiling
-and out of the hotel.
-In order to set a hotel
-in its context in Wales...
-..designers tend to use
-Ron Arad has made no effort
-to do that here.
-No, nothing here reflects Rimini
-or Italy in general.
-This hotel immerses you
-in Ron Arad's imagination.
-He has a really active imagination!
-The Faena hotel, in the redeveloped
-Puerto Madero area of Buenos Aires.
-The building looks like a typical
-northern England cotton mill.
-In fact, it is built
-from Manchester bricks.
-It was actually a granary
-rather than a cotton mill...
-..built when Argentina was one
-of the world's economic powerhouses.
-Look at some of its features.
-The classical structure,
-..and this F, the personal motif
-of the owner, Alan Faena.
-This is the entrance,
-which is quite intriguing.
-How can such a large building
-have such a narrow door?
-There's a touch
-of Alice In Wonderland about it.
-The carpet of red tiles...
-..the wonderful brass poles
-and the large flowerpots.
-You can sense something special
-Converting an industrial building
-into a luxury hotel isn't easy.
-That's why they employed
-..to create this masterpiece.
-The corn motifs on the mirrors
-recall the building's original use.
-They're also cruciform,
-and there are religious overtones...
-..in the red stained glass
-and the underlit benches.
-is known as The Cathedral.
-There are religious touches
-dotted around the whole building.
-The really striking thing
-about the lobby is its length.
-It seems almost endless.
-You're a fan
-of Philippe Starck's work.
-Has he created
-something special here?
-As you enter the hotel, you see
-a temple of beauty and adventure.
-It conveys the Belle Epoque -
-the Beautiful Era.
-The gold and red...
-..and the long corridor
-are a part of that.
-It's a theatrical experience
-and you're the star.
-Is it also essentially Argentinian?
-As you'd expect
-in a Philippe Starck design...
-..there's real wit here.
-The gnome table is witty...
-..as are the swan-shaped chairs.
-The colours are Argentinian.
-Starck worked with Alan Faena,
-who comes from Argentina.
-The full name of the hotel
-is Faena Hotel and Universe.
-What is the Universe element?
-It reflects the confidence
-of the hotel's owner, Alan Faena.
-Off the long corridor...
-..are a series of rooms
-conveying aspects of Buenos Aires...
-..both its business side
-and its creative, artistic side.
-They're separate worlds.
-The darkness of The Cathedral
-becomes bright white in the bistro.
-It has the glorious plaster ceilings
-and magnificent chandeliers...
-..that were favoured by the city's
-early 20th century cake shops.
-There are imperial touches
-on the furniture.
-The sofas against the wall
-look like pumped-up dining chairs!
-That in itself would offer
-a rich dining experience...
-..but the unicorn heads
-take the design to another level!
-The red eyes are the cherries
-on the icing on the cake!
-This is the only suite in the hotel
-not designed by Philippe Starck.
-Alan Faena himself designed it.
-He uses this suite
-when he stays here.
-There are two 40-inch TVs here,
-one on either side!
-You can do that in a room this big.
-There are Chesterfields
-on both sides of the room.
-The design of the chandelier
-is echoed in the carpet.
-They're similar shapes.
-What about the kitchen?
-Could anyone use that hob?
-The tabletop is made of marble.
-Those wonderful, curved legs
-contrast with the style...
-..yet it's in harmony
-with the romantic dining area.
-The bedroom is more contemporary.
-Yes, it's a simpler,
-less ornate design.
-The cherrywood panels are stunning.
-There are echoes of the main room
-in the chandelier...
-..and the chairs' swan design
-is reflected in the bath taps.
-The dining area
-is more romantic than the bedroom!
-He must love food!
-Another planet in Faena's universe
-is the El Mercado restaurant.
-It's like walking
-into someone's home.
-Rather than family photographs
-on the walls...
-..we see pictures
-of famous Argentinians.
-Yes, there's a more
-eclectic collection in this room.
-It mimics the atmosphere
-of rural taverns around the city...
-..but with an European influence.
-This is the result.
-The chairs feel French.
-The ceiling is covered
-in original aluminium panels.
-The pendant lights
-add an industrial edge.
-cover the structure of the building.
-The cabinets are full of ornaments.
-Yes, they're from San Telmo,
-an area noted for bric-a-brac.
-We're on the roof of the Faena,
-looking out over Buenos Aires.
-Is the hotel essentially Argentinian?
-Is the hotel essentially Argentinian?
-Yes, very much so.
-This radical design
-uses a new visual language.
-It offers a glimpse of the future
-while paying homage to the past.
-It's a design
-steeped in Argentinian culture.
-S4C subtitles by Eirlys A Jones
Bydd Aled a Leah yn ymweld a gwesty'r Faena yn Buenos Aires, y 'Rough Luxe' yn Llundain, a'r Duomo yn Rimini yn yr Eidal. Aled and Leah visit hotels in Buenos Aires, Rimini & London in 2009.