Retro-design and renovation are in, it seems. The 200-foot long lobby of The Breakers hotel in Palm Beach has welcomed visitors for more than 100 years. Now, it has been “updated” by designer Adam D. Tihany to reflect both the Italian Renaissance feeling of its past and the 21st century environment in which it lives. 

Tihany preserved the lobby’s aesthetic and heritage, including its vaulted ceiling with intricately hand-painted details—circa 1926, the last time the hotel was renovated—while adding a contemporary appeal. The centerpiece is a new, custom-designed, hand-tufted carpet inspired by the vivid paintings of French Symbolist, Odilon Redon. Tihany Design, working as design consultant to Peacock + Lewis Architects, intends the carpet’s botanical motif to bring to mind a garden, with lilies, amaranths, irises, and other florals native to South Florida, blooming underfoot.

Produced by Sacco Carpet, it was an intricate process; the carpet was woven in one piece by 35 weavers on the loom, using the finest New Zealand yarn in 70 unique colors. It measures 161-feet in length, is 25-feet wide, and weighs 1,500 lbs.

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