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Wisecracker Design Reimaginesthe Hyatt Regency

Thursday, May 15, 2014
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Wisecracker Design, the interior and product design agency based in Sonoma County, recently completed a major interior renovation for The Hyatt Regency in Merida, Mexico. The extensive redesign of the public areas included the lobby, two restaurants, ballrooms and pre-event spaces and pool terrace, moving the property forward by replacing a hodgepodge of 1990s faux European ideas with a thoughtful design relevant to modern travelers.

Lead designers and co-owners of Wisecracker Jim Neeley and David Dow succeeded with a tight budget and even tighter deadline by using smart high/low creative solutions, working closely with national vendors and artisans from around the country; and completing the project in less than a year and a half.

Click here for high-resolution photographs of the project.

“Our challenge and opportunity was to re-energize the 20-year property and bring the buzz back to the hotel,” said Neeley. “Now on any given night the lobby is busy with the next generation of style-conscious business travelers and the new restaurant is filled with guests and food-savvy locals who have a reason to go back to the Hyatt.”

Added Dow, “Mission accomplished.”

Key features of the renovation are the installation of a new lobby bar, an intimate gathering space called The Library; Amuza, a new restaurant concept and a careful facelift to another on-site traditional restaurant – with much thought in keeping long-time guests loyal. Wisecracker designed many custom pieces for the project: hammered copper table tops from Santa Clara de Cobre in Michoacán, handmade tiles crafted in the Yucatan for walls and trompe l’oeil area rugs, and Travelling Light, a suspended luggage sculpture made from trunks hand-built in Mexico.

Wisecracker did the planning, design, purchasing, installation, and logistics including export; overseeing the entire project on-site in collaboration with their partners in Mexico, Arteuropeo, the Hyatt Regency and renovation architect Mario Heredia.

About Wisecracker Design
Wisecracker Design is design firm based in Sonoma County, California, owned by Jim Neeley and David Dow. Providing services in commercial interior design, hospitality, retail design, residential interior design, and product design and development, Wisecracker is global in reach and expertise. They have successfully completed multiple interior and product design projects in the United States, Italy, Sweden, Mexico, Japan and China.
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