21. Juli 2017
50 minutes from Managua’s international airport to the North, and about two hours from the beaches near San Juan del Sur and the border with Costa Rica to the South the Tribal Hotel welcomes guests in only five rooms conceived by New York hospitality veterans Yvan Cussigh and Jean-Marc Houmard
The concept behind the hotel was to offer an interesting design experience within an intimate and personalized surrounding at affordable prices. The owners believe that smart design can be achieved by using simple and inexpensive materials that are juxtaposed in eclectic and unconventional ways. The intent was to create an experience that felt more like staying at a friend’s well curated home rather than in some generic hotel, and each object, fabric, and art piece was chosen with great care in order to enhance the guests senses.
The entire project was conceived and designed by the hotel owners, from the new building that was added in the back of the property and the remodeling of the original structure, to every single piece of furniture, lamp, tiles, and decorative object. The general decor was inspired by their travels around the world, and some of the objects, rugs, and fabrics throughout the property come from places as varied as Turkey, Morocco, Thailand, Cambodia, Ghana, and India. Their goal was to create a unique and interesting mix of world-inspired design combined with traditional colonial crafts from Nicaragua, and a touch of mid-century modern sensibility.
They spent months designing each piece of furniture, which were then sourced out and hand-crafted by artisans from Granada and its countryside: the metal and rope chairs in the rooms were inspired by mid-century modern design and forged by the local blacksmith, using a traditional fire pit ; the pottery pieces such as the hanging lamps, sconces, candle holders, vases, etc. were hand-turned and baked in a wood-fired oven by a potter in the countryside near the laguna de Apoyo.
The wood tables and lounge chairs were cut from entire tree trunks in a lumberyard in the hamlet of Nandaime, and the cabanas were crafted from hardwoods by millworkers high up on the Mombacho volcano; the tables on the terraces were woven from dried plantain leaves from a plantation in the countryside, as were the lampshades of the tripod lamps . The tiles in the lobby were custom hand-made one by one in the local tile shop after a design inspired by an old Parisian private residence, while the ones in the rooms were derived from a motif found in rugs on the island of Lamu, Kenya.
Some of the decorative credenza were made from rotting tree trunks that were found in junkyards in the country side, and the spectacular root hanging on the outdoor living room walls was rescued from a river bed near the Costa Rican border.
The art pieces were collected from some of the owners friends works, such as Argentinean painter Gonzalo Papantonakis (now based in LA) who did the large painting in the lobby, or New York photographer Wanda Acosta, who worked on modernizing the large print of Velazquez‘ Infanta.
Fotos: Courtesy of the Hotel
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