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Stephane Dupoux

Vagabond Group 's Partner and Designer

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Background Information

Employment History

Sleeper Magazine

Co-Founder, Co-Developper and Designer

NYLO Hotels

Founder, Partner and Consultant

Sole east hotel

Affiliations

Founder, Partner and Managing Member
D&D Capital Management LLC

Founder and Co-Owner
Seasalt & Pepper

Chairman
Dupoux Design, Inc

Founder
Turnkey Concept and Launches New Manufacturing Company

Web References (72 Total References)


Sleeper

www.sleepermagazine.co.uk [cached]

Stephane DupouxSleeper

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Having made his name with hip New York nightspots Cielo and Buddha Bar, Stephane Dupoux is about to take the hotel design world by storm with new projects from middle-of-the-road American towns, to the exclusive Hamptons, and the beaches of St Barts and Bali, writes Bethan Ryder.
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Stephane Dupoux is a name you'll be hearing a lot over the next few years.The New York-based designer and his 16-strong team have a mind-boggling array of hotel projects in development in such far flung locations as Miami, New York, Puerto Rica, St. Barts and Kuala Lumpur.To date he's best known as a sculptor of hip restaurants, lounge spaces and bo"tes where the Beautiful People go to see and be seen.
...
It was Miami's South Beach where Dupoux developed his distinctive style, designing (for several clients) a string of exotic nocturnal lounge club concepts such as Pearl, Opium, and cafe Tabac that dazzled the jet-set party crowd.The suave Frenchman arrived there in 1990, by way of Switzerland - where he was a ski instructor - and London, where he perfected his English whilst working as a sales assistant in the bespoke shoe boutique Anello & Davide.Initially he was lured to South Beach by an invitation to holiday with friends, "Once I arrived there I thought I'd found paradise," he says.
Dupoux never studied design, instead he took the hands-on approach, "I learnt the entire construction trade inside out; welding, carpentry, everything."He started designing furniture and interior projects were a natural progression.In 1999 he presented his body of work to the American Society of Interior Designers and was invited to take the final exam, which he passed."I really lived the American Dream," he says.
Having conquered Miami, he moved to New York in 2001, just after 9/11.
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"The initial inspiration was a recording studio", says Dupoux, "hence the padded walls.I wanted to instill the cosy feel of a mountain cabin, to counteract all the anxiety in the world."Dupoux lined the interior with ultra-suede covered foam brown 'logs' interspersed with backlit Plexiglas tubes.Synchronised to blink to the beat, these parallel lines of light make the entire club pulsate with sound and light.The club remains a resounding success and ever since Dupoux has been inundated with work.
Although his career path sounds like a happy accident, hospitality runs in the blood.He was born in the south of France to a family of restaurateurs."We had around 20 local brasseries and cafes in train stations and beach clubs, so I learnt every single element of the operation; I've occupied most positions as a kid.You learn by observing, creativity comes from a constant sense of observation; we don't invent anything, we just recreate what we have seen, or understood."What's more the young Dupoux exhibited his own entrepreneurial streak, and an inclination for design, at the age of ten when he fashioned wooden clothes pegs into miniature rocking chairs, "My grandmother would make the little cushions, filled with rosemary and lavender, from local fabrics and I would sell them on the beach," he recalls.
Perhaps its this idyllic outdoors Provenal childhood that informs Dupoux's work.He cites "association of forms, colours and textures found in nature," as his main influence, resulting in schemes displaying organic materials and forms, or a funky nature-goes-pop aesthetic."I often create an abstract version of what I've observed" he says."I'm always trying to bring the outside into design.This is nothing new, Frank Lloyd Wright was doing it years ago.But by doing that you open up the barrier between inside and out, which creates the possibility of invasion and freedom and evokes a subliminal sense of tranquility and relaxation.That is why if I had to study design I would study psychology because the principle critic of a designer's work is in fact our subconscious."
Dupoux's design philosophy is grounded by astute business acumen.He recently formed D-mand (d-mand.com), a manufacturing company with factories in Vietnam, Canada and the Veneto region of Italy enabling him to control production of furniture designed by his studio.Ditto a lighting company and an audio-visual company.
...
"He was looking to partner up with a designer to bring his business concept of a chain of hotels for the mid-range market to life," explains Dupoux.Mueller's aim was to position the hotels in secondary cities in the U.S. with rooms retailing at around $135."He wanted to bring design to the masses basically and I needed to find a solution in terms of construction.At the time I was living in a loft in New York, and I realised that if we simulated a loft look, with a concrete shell and exposed pipes, brickwork and all that, then you didn't have any dry wall, or finishes, or paints and it would make construction cheaper."And so the NYLO concept (nylohotels.com) was born.
Dupoux and Mueller have since been joined by three other Principals, including Englishman Chris Jones, the company's senior vice president of development and construction.
...
Every hotel is a new build and the NYLO team are currently developing a (top secret) progressive construction process that Dupoux says will revolutionise hotel development.If it works it means each of the hotels, with an average of 175 rooms, can be erected in six months.The NYLO team are ambitiously aiming for a total of 150 hotels across the U.S.
The first to open will be in Plano, Texas and the intention is to open another every two months.Other cities earmarked for NYLOs so far are Warwick in Rhode Island, Savannah in Georgia, Denver, Chicago and Raleigh in North Carolina.Dupoux is reluctant to draw comparisons with existing chains, "There's nothing in that market like this, we'll be the first, but if you're asking who our competitors are according to price range, then probably the Marriott Courtyard or a Hilton Garden Inn."
It's because of his track record in creating popular restaurant and bar projects that Dupoux feels confident he can deliver when it comes to hotel design.
...
NYLO's loft-style rooms will be standard throughout all the properties and Dupoux is keen to avoid the sterile look that he believes characterises many hotel rooms.
...
The latter is a business conference hotel but don't expect anything dull and corporate from Dupoux, "Imagine pin-striped sun loungers and things like this, we'll still try to make it fun."
He evidently maintains his relaxed 'life's a beach' attitude by making canny choices when it comes to the locations of his projects.Where else but the super chic Caribbean island of St Barts for another resort; "It's a new chain called Niilaiaa, which is Sanskrit for 'bearing the colour blue'.There are 52 rooms, a spa, restaurant and 12 townhouses on the beach.We're trying to make it as self-sufficient as possible with its own solar power and self-contained water and by using materials such as bamboo.The look will be kind of 'Caribbean Zen'."For the same clients, Dupoux is designing a tiny 14-room boutique hotel on 16th Street in Manhattan, next to the Maritime Hotel, "It will be very modern and minimalist, we're opening up the space to make it feel less cluttered.It will have a very cool lounge bar too."
And finally ... he's creating a new 7-star luxury hotel line called Milon Hotels for the Milon brothers, the owners of Miami's Opium Group which encompasses late night lounges such as The Mansion and Opium Garden."We have sites in Bali, in the Caribbean and Costa Rica, every room is going to be a luxurious tent lined with fur or lambskin and including four poster beds.They'll be comparable to Aman resorts, but it's very early stages and nothing will be completed until the end of 2008."
Despite his tendency to design hotels in exotic locations, Dupoux says he'd be just as excited at renovating an old classic in a city.


Sleeper

www.sleepermagazine.co.uk [cached]

Stephane DupouxSleeper

...
Having made his name with hip New York nightspots Cielo and Buddha Bar, Stephane Dupoux is about to take the hotel design world by storm with new projects from middle-of-the-road American towns, to the exclusive Hamptons, and the beaches of St Barts and Bali, writes Bethan Ryder.
...
Stephane Dupoux is a name you'll be hearing a lot over the next few years.The New York-based designer and his 16-strong team have a mind-boggling array of hotel projects in development in such far flung locations as Miami, New York, Puerto Rica, St. Barts and Kuala Lumpur.To date he's best known as a sculptor of hip restaurants, lounge spaces and bo"tes where the Beautiful People go to see and be seen.
...
It was Miami's South Beach where Dupoux developed his distinctive style, designing (for several clients) a string of exotic nocturnal lounge club concepts such as Pearl, Opium, and cafe Tabac that dazzled the jet-set party crowd.The suave Frenchman arrived there in 1990, by way of Switzerland - where he was a ski instructor - and London, where he perfected his English whilst working as a sales assistant in the bespoke shoe boutique Anello & Davide.Initially he was lured to South Beach by an invitation to holiday with friends, "Once I arrived there I thought I'd found paradise," he says.
Dupoux never studied design, instead he took the hands-on approach, "I learnt the entire construction trade inside out; welding, carpentry, everything."He started designing furniture and interior projects were a natural progression.In 1999 he presented his body of work to the American Society of Interior Designers and was invited to take the final exam, which he passed."I really lived the American Dream," he says.
Having conquered Miami, he moved to New York in 2001, just after 9/11.
...
"The initial inspiration was a recording studio", says Dupoux, "hence the padded walls.I wanted to instill the cosy feel of a mountain cabin, to counteract all the anxiety in the world."Dupoux lined the interior with ultra-suede covered foam brown 'logs' interspersed with backlit Plexiglas tubes.Synchronised to blink to the beat, these parallel lines of light make the entire club pulsate with sound and light.The club remains a resounding success and ever since Dupoux has been inundated with work.
Although his career path sounds like a happy accident, hospitality runs in the blood.He was born in the south of France to a family of restaurateurs."We had around 20 local brasseries and cafes in train stations and beach clubs, so I learnt every single element of the operation; I've occupied most positions as a kid.You learn by observing, creativity comes from a constant sense of observation; we don't invent anything, we just recreate what we have seen, or understood."What's more the young Dupoux exhibited his own entrepreneurial streak, and an inclination for design, at the age of ten when he fashioned wooden clothes pegs into miniature rocking chairs, "My grandmother would make the little cushions, filled with rosemary and lavender, from local fabrics and I would sell them on the beach," he recalls.
Perhaps its this idyllic outdoors Provenal childhood that informs Dupoux's work.He cites "association of forms, colours and textures found in nature," as his main influence, resulting in schemes displaying organic materials and forms, or a funky nature-goes-pop aesthetic."I often create an abstract version of what I've observed" he says."I'm always trying to bring the outside into design.This is nothing new, Frank Lloyd Wright was doing it years ago.But by doing that you open up the barrier between inside and out, which creates the possibility of invasion and freedom and evokes a subliminal sense of tranquility and relaxation.That is why if I had to study design I would study psychology because the principle critic of a designer's work is in fact our subconscious."
Dupoux's design philosophy is grounded by astute business acumen.He recently formed D-mand (d-mand.com), a manufacturing company with factories in Vietnam, Canada and the Veneto region of Italy enabling him to control production of furniture designed by his studio.Ditto a lighting company and an audio-visual company.
...
"He was looking to partner up with a designer to bring his business concept of a chain of hotels for the mid-range market to life," explains Dupoux.Mueller's aim was to position the hotels in secondary cities in the U.S. with rooms retailing at around $135."He wanted to bring design to the masses basically and I needed to find a solution in terms of construction.At the time I was living in a loft in New York, and I realised that if we simulated a loft look, with a concrete shell and exposed pipes, brickwork and all that, then you didn't have any dry wall, or finishes, or paints and it would make construction cheaper."And so the NYLO concept (nylohotels.com) was born.
Dupoux and Mueller have since been joined by three other Principals, including Englishman Chris Jones, the company's senior vice president of development and construction.
...
Every hotel is a new build and the NYLO team are currently developing a (top secret) progressive construction process that Dupoux says will revolutionise hotel development.If it works it means each of the hotels, with an average of 175 rooms, can be erected in six months.The NYLO team are ambitiously aiming for a total of 150 hotels across the U.S.
The first to open will be in Plano, Texas and the intention is to open another every two months.Other cities earmarked for NYLOs so far are Warwick in Rhode Island, Savannah in Georgia, Denver, Chicago and Raleigh in North Carolina.Dupoux is reluctant to draw comparisons with existing chains, "There's nothing in that market like this, we'll be the first, but if you're asking who our competitors are according to price range, then probably the Marriott Courtyard or a Hilton Garden Inn."
It's because of his track record in creating popular restaurant and bar projects that Dupoux feels confident he can deliver when it comes to hotel design.
...
NYLO's loft-style rooms will be standard throughout all the properties and Dupoux is keen to avoid the sterile look that he believes characterises many hotel rooms.
...
The latter is a business conference hotel but don't expect anything dull and corporate from Dupoux, "Imagine pin-striped sun loungers and things like this, we'll still try to make it fun."
He evidently maintains his relaxed 'life's a beach' attitude by making canny choices when it comes to the locations of his projects.Where else but the super chic Caribbean island of St Barts for another resort; "It's a new chain called Niilaiaa, which is Sanskrit for 'bearing the colour blue'.There are 52 rooms, a spa, restaurant and 12 townhouses on the beach.We're trying to make it as self-sufficient as possible with its own solar power and self-contained water and by using materials such as bamboo.The look will be kind of 'Caribbean Zen'."For the same clients, Dupoux is designing a tiny 14-room boutique hotel on 16th Street in Manhattan, next to the Maritime Hotel, "It will be very modern and minimalist, we're opening up the space to make it feel less cluttered.It will have a very cool lounge bar too."
And finally ... he's creating a new 7-star luxury hotel line called Milon Hotels for the Milon brothers, the owners of Miami's Opium Group which encompasses late night lounges such as The Mansion and Opium Garden."We have sites in Bali, in the Caribbean and Costa Rica, every room is going to be a luxurious tent lined with fur or lambskin and including four poster beds.They'll be comparable to Aman resorts, but it's very early stages and nothing will be completed until the end of 2008."
Despite his tendency to design hotels in exotic locations, Dupoux says he'd be just as excited at renovating an old classic in a city.


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Stephane Dupoux

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Stephane Dupoux
In just ten years Stephane Dupoux has revolutionized the hospitality design industry with his unique vision.With such notables as Nikki Beach Club, Cielo, Pearl, Touch, Opium and Strand, to name just a few, Stephane has secured his place among world,s top designers.Stephane,s design philosophy rests on his interpretation of nature, as he mends it to fit today,s modern world.A fan of historical references, he projects the past into the future, arriving at a new reality cushioned by a sense of security and familiarity.In addition to his ongoing world-wide projects, Stephane plans to focus on launching a furniture/accessory line aimed to marry the elements of luxury and comfort with a design appeal.


Stonehill & Taylor | Projects | Nylo New York City

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Working closely with NYLO Hotels and its design consultant, Stephane Dupoux of Dupoux Design, Stonehill & Taylor re-imagined the property in the renovation of its 285 guest rooms, entrance, facade, public spaces and bar (LOCL Bar).


Stonehill & Taylor | Projects | Nylo New York City

www.stonehilltaylor.com [cached]

Working closely with NYLO Hotels and its design consultant, Stephane Dupoux of Dupoux Design, Stonehill & Taylor re-imagined the property in the renovation of its 285 guest rooms, entrance, facade, public spaces and bar (LOCL Bar).

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