Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk and Peter Joehnk of JOI-Design publish their second book
Over almost thirty years now, the team around Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk and Peter Joehnk at JOI-Design have completed some 200 hotel projects. The most contemporary from the last five years have now been brought together in a book. In its more than 200 pages, the two Hamburg interior architects present “101 Hotel Rooms” that they have designed, planned and realised.
What strikes one in leafing through the book is that no two rooms are alike. “It is important to us that a variety of different things come out of our offices; that is a mark of professionalism,” explains Managing Director Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk, adding: “We always start with a clean sheet and never take anything out of the drawer for a second time.” Why? “Only that way can we ensure that our projects are as harmonious, as beautiful, individual, and as successful for the operator as we can make them.”
What characterises the work of JOI-Design, along with the conceptual variety, is the passion for detail. “Whenever we are allowed to follow a project through to the end, we also advise on the accessories in the bathroom, the bed linen, the staff uniforms, the crockery and even telephones and TV sets, for the most beautiful effects are created when everything fits together.
The two interior architects prefer staying at hotels that they have furnished themselves. To gather new inspiration, however, they also take a look at hotel rooms that colleagues have designed when they are travelling – particularly in big cities like New York and Beijing. Moreover, they also value the professional discussion that is possible at trade fairs and congresses, and keep a close eye on the way in which society is changing. So, for example, numerous projects have already taken into account the fact that more and more women are travelling nowadays.
In parallel to this approach, the book by JOI-Design also risks a few glimpses into the future, in the form of suggestions and sketches that have not (yet) been put into practice.
Kretschmar-Joehnk calls the book “101 Hotel Rooms” a creative design book, intended to present designs for rooms and hotels. The central focus of the book is the drawings, in each instance, on the right-hand side. On the opposite page there is a short text describing the project, with photos added simply to create a visual context.
After the first book “Raum. Werte. – Creating Hospitality Design”, where people like a futurologist, decision makers and frequent travellers like Otto Waalkes had had their say, it is now the rooms that take centre stage and are left to speak for themselves.