Olga & Amy were set-up on a blind date by colleagues at Conde Nast. Sparks flew and the two become fast friends.
The Anchor Council is born. The girls take a red eye down to Peru to redesign 20 rooms at a Shamanic Retreat.
Deep in the jungle, Amy & Olga get to work. Furniture is built, rooms painted, beds redressed, accents added – all in just three weeks!
The Shaman is shady. He gets sent to jail; the retreat is dismantled.
Undaunted, they persevere. For two decades, Olga & Amy have worked with the leading design magazines and brands. Now, they unleash their talents on restaurant and hotel design. Their latest project, Annex, a Brooklyn restaurant, recently opened in Ft. Greene.
Radisson Blu, Ft. Greene Brooklyn
A fictional redesign of the upcoming Radisson Blu in Brooklyn. Dreamed up by The Anchor Council.
The Vision: The Scandinavian aesthetic of simple, spare and happy meets raw New York industrial. Undone materials with blocks of happy color. Approachable and welcoming but with an urban edge. The Foyer (as above): Simple and serene with large scale sculptural statement pieces. There will be a bright warm fabric to welcome visitors and keep out the wind. The door frame will be a welcoming color to match the fabric. The lighting will double as art. The Anchor Council will source and commission artists to create striking pieces that will be on display and for sale. The Lobby and Check-In (: We envision an open communal space with comfortable bright seating juxtaposed with an industrial unfinished backdrop. Guests will be invited to sit, grab coffee from the coffee bar/kitchen and stay awhile. There will be overscale elements in the space that reflect light, such as the mirror Seating will be a mix of inviting sofas and sculptural chairs and side tables. Local artists will be represented, and the odd and unconventional pieces will be welcome. Library: The Radisson Blu should be known as the place to come and look at an amazing array of art books. an area for the best art books from around the world will be available for visitors.
The lobby space will feel like a loft apartment, with a coffee bar/kitchen that is communal and open. Guests can gather for snacks, coffee and breakfast at the “kitchen” counter. This is an open space (such as below) with a bright back wall, streamlined cabinetry, concrete floors, and raw, unfinished walls. There will be colorful tiles embedded into the floor in large squares to feel like carpet. There will be a large communal table for guests to work & eat. It will be have a streamlined shape with colorful chairs but with a gorgeous unique chandelier over it. The Light + The Shadow: The lobby’s salient feature will be the light/shadow play due to perforated concrete walls and ceilings. These shadows will shift as time and light progresses throughout the day and will serve as a modern sundial. Lighting will be limited to spots in the space to accentuate the light and shadow effects. The BLU Wall: An ode to the Radisson Blu brand will be an electric blue wall, with blue objects in front of it to play up tone on tone. The Workspace (as below): In a separate space beyond the lobby will be a workspace where you can rent desks per hour/per day. They will be free to hotel guests. Wifi and office amenities will be included and food will be served. It will differ from the lobby space in that it is exclusively devoted to work. The desks will be simple and narrow and look out of the window into the courtyard. The Halls : The halls will have bright colored door frames and thresholds. Walls that are penciled /painted in irregular patterns. Graffiti will be juxtaposed with ethnic patterns which also melt into sections of graphic pattern.
The Rooms: White and open, the walls will be exposed brick wherever possible. A Scandinavian flavor will be evident in the understated functional furniture and an arty Brooklyn boho vibe will come through the unfinished cement block elements, the open closets and the art on the walls.
DOWNSTAIRS DEN – [THE HOSTEL FLOOR] The Hostel : To bring in the younger crowd, we envision devoting a lower floor to a hostel like set up. Tiny room will be encased in raw wood, with bathrooms being shared communally. Rooms will be mostly bed with a small space to set up clothes and suitcases. This section on the hotel will have its own communal space, pool table and youthful open vibe.