Project Name: Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa

Location: Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

Date Completed: November 17, 2016

Architect: SB Architects

Interior Designer: Dayna Lee & Ted Berner, Principal Designers | Powerstrip Studio

Hotel Group: Kimpton Hotels & Resorts

A 266 room resort, with suites, bungalows and spa, on 12 acres along Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman Island.

Powerstrip Studio’s envisioned a large scale sculptural centrepiece  for the lobby library, which manifested with a restored Cayman catboat, Miss Ola. The boat was abandoned on a beach and restored by Capt. Kem with love and care. Archival Caymanian family photographs, intimately curated by local collectors of family history are placed throughout. Also rope-making and thatch weaving of the island’s revered silver thatch palm was commissioned. Powerstrip Studio worked with local artists to make games sculpted from local tree species and foraged beach stones. The traditional method of building construction – wattle and daub – was commissioned as modern art.

The interior/exterior design is inspired by the lines of seagrape trees (scientific name coccoloba) that line the hotel’s beach via custom wall sconce. Cast from seagrape leaves of island trees. This is the largest 75 ft long sconce ever designed by Powerstrip Studio.

Creating a seamless transition between living indoors and outdoors at Seafire is perhaps most evident in the Lobby Loggia leading to the pool and beach. Outdoor canvas panels cover the pathway and billows in the wind. The quiet evening light glowing from the custom designed ‘clam shell’ light fixtures made for the safety of baby turtles line the exterior teak walls. The pool area is designed like a lagoon with red chaises, like flame tree blossoms dotting the grounds.

Powerstrip Studio’s goal for the conceptual and interior design of Seafire goes deep into the emotions of the guests by offering generosity of exploration revealing surprises – big and little. The furnishings and artwork are made richer when set on a path of discovery. Powerstrip Studio find that people who use the spaces really nestle in and claim their favourite spots. Generosity is important to the work of Powerstrip Studio, the Owner and Kimpton.