What is the design style of The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou?

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Barbra Austin

At The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou, classic European elegance is injected with Chinese details and an auspicious dash of feng shui. Contrasting marble floors run throughout public areas, topped with floral rugs in bright pastels. Details like neoclassical pillars and crown molding emphasize the Old World feel, as do the swag drapery, tufted brocade upholstery and brass fixtures used throughout. If fundamentally European, there are numerous reminders of the Guangzhou hotel’s location, starting with the triple tiered fountain in the reception lobby, composed of lotus, kapok and peony blossoms, its constant waterfall a symbol of prosperity, according to feng shui principles. Look for other Chinese details, including vases and similarly decorative objects, wood carvings (especially in the Lai Heen dining room), wallpaper depicting Chinese landscapes and the lovely piece of imperial embroidery on the wall in the Pearl Lobby.

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