Exhibition | Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life - Design Bureau

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Exhibition | Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life

Monday, May 13th, 2013

We've stayed in our fair share of hotels, and whether it's a high-rent four-star affair or a low-budget hostel, it's always an experience. So we're glad to see hotels get a closer look at the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition, Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life. Running through September 16, the exhibition explores the impact of the hotel as one of the pre-eminent architectural and social structures of our time. Conceived by independent curator and writer Jennifer M. Volland and created exclusively for the Vancouver Art Gallery, Grand Hotel challenges visitors to consider the ways that the hotel has both reflected and been an agent of social and cultural change throughout the modern era.

Spanning two floors, the exhibition investigates the physical and psychological dimensions of the hotel using four main themes: Travel, Design, Social, and Culture. The Design section features 10 models of game-changing moments in the architecture and design of hotels, including Arne Jacobsen's SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. No stranger to game-changing hotel design, Ace Hotels curates the gift shop at the exhibition. Signature pieces, from T-shirts and hoodies to wallets and neckties, were designed exclusively for this exhibit by Atelier Ace and friends.

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