Opus finds new muse
Vancouver’s trendiest boutique hotel has undergone a revamp that has seen all 96 guest rooms remodelled and restyled, and the swapping out of one muse for another. “The new character is Pierre, who’s a little bit more of a globetrotter.”
Bailey was the colourful mind behind the original interiors of Yaletown’s Opus Hotel when it opened in 2002.
He’s also the man behind the five fictional muses who guide the hotel team in terms of catering to the personalities and preferences of Opus guests.
And like all inspired ideas, this one came out of desperation.
Bailey was flying back from San Francisco and was struggling with “what is the reason for these rooms.”
“I was reading a magazine, I think it might have been GQ, and there was this story about a specific person and what they wore, ate, bought etc.,” Bailey recalls of how he struck upon the idea of the five muses. “So, if this person was staying in this room, what would it look like?Story continues below
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Invited back by hotel ownership to breathe new life and colour into the rooms, Bailey called upon the muses for inspiration, though ditched the San Francisco couple for Pierre, a Parisian food critic.
And with the couple, out went yellow.
“All the original paints were chosen 12 years ago so they felt like twelve year old paint,” the designer continues. “One colour we didn’t bring back was the yellow, which originally was a bit of a nod to traditionalism.