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The design style of Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star The Peninsula Shanghai is, in a word, luxurious. Thick carpets and smooth, shiny black marble floors punctuate the expansive space, created by New York architect David Beer and Paris-based interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon of PYR. In The Lobby restaurant — where afternoon tea, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served — the color palette is a soothing celadon green, and two enormous walls are covered in Art Deco-style carvings. The ambiance transports you back to Shanghai’s golden age without being gaudy. What’s particularly noticeable is how all the different textural elements of the Five-Star hotel come together; even in the hallways, the décor is an eclectic mix of plush carpeting, Chinese porcelain vases, antique side tables and gilded sconces.