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Stephane Dupoux

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Stephane Dupoux, who ..., 15 Mar 2011 [cached]
Stephane Dupoux, who co-founded Nylo with Mueller and has overseen the company's design aspects, will be more involved with Nylo after the restructuring, Mueller said.
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Stephane Dupoux, who has overseen all design aspects of the NYLO brand, including architectural, interior, furniture, signage and other visual identity design, will also be more involved following the restructuring. Mueller stated, "Stephane and I founded NYLO together in 2004.
I look forward to Stephane's increased involvement and collaboration on NYLO and other concepts and sister brands NYLO plans to introduce. Stephane is an incredibly creative person, and his vision will help NYLO continue to innovate, adapt and evolve. Dupoux added, "I am delighted Michael is back at the helm of NYLO.
Sleeper, 9 Mar 2007 [cached]
Stephane Dupoux, creator of bars including New York's Cielo, London's Cocoon, and Miami's Champagne Lounge, is the designer for Nylo.
Sleeper, 18 Sept 2008 [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 (, 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 ( 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.
Stephane Dupoux on Nightlife ..., 13 Nov 2007 [cached]
Stephane Dupoux on Nightlife and Human Nature
-- Stephane Dupoux
Stephane Dupoux is such an amalgamation of opposites.He's a European living in New York but in love with Miami.He's also a former chemistry student, ski instructor and snowboard shop owner-a career that he says taught him the value of understanding your terrain.
I met him at Buddha Bar in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan.I intended to get a run down of the projects that keep his name in the papers, but instead, I found that the method behind the buzz-worthy bio was even more enthralling.
After moving to Miami in December 1990, Dupoux worked in construction doing everything from plumbing to furniture building.After a few years, his work became noticed for its aesthetic appeal, and he was hired by the Opium Group to design his first café.
His first major gig followed-the creation of the Nikki Beach concept.From there, he's delivered a series of successful nightclubs, Pearl, Cielo and Cocoon-and now he's taken over the hotel world as a partner in, and creative director of NYLO, along with several Caribbean resorts-the Opium Group's first hotel-and the El San Juan Hotel and Casino for LXR.He is also completing F&B work for the Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur, and the outdoor spaces of the Gansevoort South Beach.His name is landing so many places that frankly, it's difficult to keep track.
And though just a few minutes of listening to him provides a clue as to why he's so popular, Dupoux is a rather unlikely candidate for such architectural success.
It is through reflection and introspection that Dupoux has learned the mechanics of both spatial and human relationships.
"When you discover that you're particularly good at something and you haven't studied it, you start to ask why.You look back into your past and your profession and analyze all the facts.And having a mother that was a psychologist made me always question the things I was doing," he said.
"Everything we do is what we've observed from when we were born.It opens doors in the back of your mind," he said.
He points to certain elements, certain juxtapositions that create a door in your subconscious that allows you to escape.
He uses Buddha Bar as an example.
"You get this feeling by many things, by having glass all around you, wood, water, these things remind you of something else-big trunks like that," he said, body turned to the elements he addressed.
"I'm doing a steakhouse for Jean-Georges in Las Vegas and I'm not using any wood (an element usually expected).When you go into the space, you have this nanosecond that's going to spark the positive energy of the entire space.I want to create a reaction of surprise.It wakes up the subconscious," he said.
In NYLO, a concept that Dupoux worked with Michael Mueller, president and originator of the idea and business plan, to flesh out, Dupoux was responsible for all of the creative work, even the brand name. In NYLO, a concept that Dupoux worked with Michael Mueller, president and originator of the idea and business plan, to flesh out, Dupoux was responsible for all of the creative work, even the brand name.
Attracted to raw grittiness and use of space that is unique to the loft, Dupoux explored another image which, to him, symbolized New York-the water tower.
"The water tower represented New York so much for me.I was drawing on my paper and then I started to play with a name, NY loft hotel.I didn't have room for ‘ft,' and I was left with NYLO," he said, drawing the logo on my notebook in front of me.
The loft hotel will be a business traveler's budget property with an authentic exposed brick guestroom and a lounge scene downstairs.The lounge in every NYLO will be unique to the city it's in-with Dupoux designing the first three to open, and future work to be commissioned out to other designers.
Openings are planned for October, with the first in Plano, Texas.
Dupoux is planning on expanding his reach to Miami, where he plans to open an office in early 2008, which will extend his efforts into the resort work of the Caribbean.
It is the scale of resort work that appeals to him."It's everything," he said.
To hear Dupoux's advice for young designers, and more of his thoughts on art and psychology, check out for the complete interview.
Dupoux produces artwork for himself but does not typically include his work in his interiors, though he did take pictures of water towers in Manhattan for NYLO.
"I appreciate arts in general.This is a big sculpture, a human size sculpture and we interact in the art itself without knowing its art.That's the composition," he said.
"I think artists have both sides of the brain and I know because I come from the mathematic.I was talented in science," he said.
Dupoux left his scientific path to become a ski instructor.
Dupoux is involved with two companies, D-Mand and Technology by Design (TBD), which ensure his complete vision is achieved.
"People call us architects, designers, interiors designers.On one hand it's right, but it's really all of the above.What we really do is create a concept.We create everything from the name, logo, all furniture, lighting.We're mastering the entire chain of creation," said Dupoux.
D-Mand manages the manufacture of his custom furnishings, while TBD manages lighting design.
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