Parisian architect/designer Joseph Dirand has a knack for updating classic color palettes and mid-century furnishings for the 21st century. You can see his signature black-and-white aesthetic in two very chic Mexican hotels: Distrito Capital in Mexico City and Habita Monterrey in the Sierra Madre mountains. Minimal and modern, these hotels both offer some lessons in using clean-lined furniture and neutral palettes...
Although the range of color is very limited, there's a lot of diverse texture in these rooms. Marble, wood, leather, steel, black onyx, and Indian mirror mosaics all exist happily side by side. Space plans are well thought-out, with headboards that double as countertop desks and dining areas that provide a range of seating from large communal tables to banquettes. Both hotels are owned and operated by Grupo Habita
, the luxury hotelier behind many of Mexico's best design hotels.
For more information on Joseph Dirand and his work, visit his site
• FIRST ROW: Hotel Distrito Capital
• SECOND ROW: Habita Monterrey
(Photos: Adrien Dirand photographs for Joseph Dirand, Hotel Distrito Capital, Hotel Habita Monterrey, Design Hotels)