Delve into the Design: With Marie Smyckova

"Over coffee & conversation, we sat down with Marie, design director at ODonnell ONeill to dive into the detail of design"


Can you describe the overarching design concept and inspiration behind The Leinster?  

The hotel is located in a very beautiful, old Georgian part of Dublin, adjoining the Merrion square. This area has a rich history going back through a succession of eras and this past was the spark to creating a hotel with multifaceted and sophisticated interiors and a cosmopolitan feel. It’s symmetry , sleek geometrics and graciously proportioned interiors give a refined, timeless aesthetic. It has a sense of simple beauty within a stylized interior.

During the organic design process we took inspiration from bold modern patterns, tactile materials and interesting veining in marbles, always adding more layers of visual interest. The overall design leans into the architecture and history of the surrounding area, the elegance and vibrancy of those times to create a story within the space.


What unique architectural elements have been incorporated into the hotel's design? 

The original part of the façade was retained and incorporated into a stunningly detailed, bespoke, sculptural back bar design. We approached Nolan’s Group, whom with their extensive experience and expertise in bespoke tiles and glazing, helped us create a dramatic focal point that gives the space very unique feel.


Could you highlight some of the key features and amenities that sets The Leinster apart from the other hotels within The Dean Hotel Group?

The Leinster has a very luxurious 5 star hotel feel. Through curating materials, textiles, patterns and art we created and overall look that feels it has been cultivated overtime. We paid a lot of attention to detail in designing all the cabinetry and materials selection to ensure all the spaces are well considered providing every comfort possible to all the guests.

What materials and colour palettes have been chosen? Could you kindly summarise the style? 

We aimed to create a multifaceted interior within the hotel, we wanted a space that’s instantly inviting but also alive with art, culture and modernity. The style is classical contemporary with sleek geometric and stylized forms. The palette is sophisticated, warm and rich with many added layers of dramatic graphic shapes and patterns.

Throughout the process of curating the individual materials we considered how we balance the softness of the shapes and textiles with the smooth surfaces of metals and marbles. We always bring them together into the space and consider hot the natural and artificial light hits the surfaces creating different moods and energy throughout the day.

Can you share some details about the room designs?  

Elegant, sophisticated but comfortable interiors with pops of bold colour. Combination of strong flowing shapes and graphic patterns create a balanced harmony within the room. Bespoke designed, detailed cabinetry is upholstered in tactile velvets adding luxurious feel.

Can you share some details about the design of the rooftop & The Collins club? 

Jean – Georges on the Rooftop: A classical French brasserie type interior with white panelled walls and mesmerizing pink marble bar front. Bespoke light fittings evoking intimate atmosphere and setting tone for the space. Tactile mohair and leather upholstered furniture are grounding the interior while adding sense of luxurious comfort.  

The Collins Club: The entrance area and bar are unique and elegant spaces with a relaxed and welcoming cosmopolitan feel. They are inspiring and dynamic interiors with beautifully curated artwork throughout. The graphic shapes are bold with modern colours and motifs that are balanced by tactile textiles and delicate details. 



The timelessness of the design is the biggest contributor to sustainability. We aimed to create interiors that will stand the test of ever changing trends. 


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