Sofitel Lobby, Queenstown

Completing detailed, first-rate work without disrupting business is a specialty of Rilean's, and this strength was put to the test in the refurbishment of the lobby of the Sofitel Hotel, Queenstown's luxury accommodation.

Inspired by the colours of Lake Wakatipu, the lobby blends crystal and silver to create a sparkling, unforgettable interior.

Having completed the refurbishment of Penthouse No. 10  and the 1789 Jazz & Lounge Bar the previous year, Rilean enjoyed the challenge of this project.  The plush and out-of-the-ordinary materials required craftsmanship and a high attention to detail that resulted in a superb outcome.

The piece-de-resistance is the sweeping staircase encrusted in tiny, mirrored tiles and a gold balustrade, which brings resplendent glitter and light, beautifully juxtaposed against the warm wood of the traditional parquet.