The new QT hotel in Queenstown is the pinnacle of Queenstown cool.
Located in the South Island snow capital, QT offers incomparable views over the crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu and awe-inspiring peaks of the Southern Alps. The hotel is the ultimate modern chill-out spot for pleasure seeking adventurers, families, and business travellers.
The design brief
Ramler was contracted to supply luxury furnishing products to 69 guestrooms plus bathrooms, and reception.
The design brief for this project was to produce high-end furniture emanating the sexiness of the world-renowned QT lifestyle brand.
Under the creative direction of Nic Graham, head of the successful Sydney based studio Nic Graham and Associates, now adds QT Queenstown to his visually spectacular and hugely impressive portfolio after successfully styling the QT Sydney, QT Gold Coast and the QT Port Douglas.
In collaboration with interior designer Fabio Ongarato, stylist Anna Roberts and contemporary artist Amanda Love, Nic created memorable spaces within the QT Queenstown using décor that features bespoke carpet and furniture. He has kept in-line with a retro ski theme using large ski murals featuring women skiing over hips and breasts. Unapologetic graphics like this, displayed in the lobby and elevator areas, bring mother nature and refreshing modern design to the forefront.
Ramler International Australasia’s very own Rob Gilshenan told AMG: “We are really proud of our products’ quality finish and the partnerships we have with our project delivery teams that delivered this first-class hotel. The Ramler joinery team worked in the rooms to fit all customer-fixed pieces and, along with Grace, helped to deliver and install all loose furniture products three weeks before the hotel opening. Completion of the project was on time, which was critical for Event Hospitality and Entertainment, and within budget expectations.”
Stunning bespoke QT décor
Ramler fit each of the 69 QT signature guestrooms with a bedhead leather pouch, mirrors, TV bench, sofa bed, bedside tables, coffee table, wardrobe, and a quirky minibar holding the QT’s own branded whisky, local wine, pocket hotties, cans of tinned show and merino socks.
Each bathroom also had custom-built double vanities installed. The stunning, round LED mirrors created a picturesque feature focal point for the bathrooms.
Adding warmth, depth and sheer beauty to the lobby space, Ramler employed a textured Jurassic Marble counter and matching circular floor piece under the fireplace round. Another statement piece is the wood log feature wall, framed in crafted cabinet. However, it’s the complete joinery custom graphic wall that resonates most with QT Queenstown’s famously eclectic style, communicating a sense of nature, freedom and adventure to guests checking in.
Adding to QT Queenstown’s design experience is the styling of the hotel’s staff. Their ‘costumes’ have been ingeniously designed by renowned costume designer Janet Hine; well-known for her costume design at Granada Media and Costume Couture. Creating a theatrical approach, staff outfits complement the playful and cutting-edge style of the hotel, making an impact for guests upon arrival.
Interior designer interior designer Fabio Ongarato said of the overall concept: “It reveals a multitude of experiences and individual memories, each told from the perspective of awe-inspiring scenery. We celebrate the diverse appeal of the area and its rich and dynamic landscape of journeys waiting to be explored.”
Processing design bliss
Ramler worked closely with Nic Graham and his team to refine and custom manufacture a number of newly designed guestroom products. The products incorporate highly specified lighting elements, well-crafted upholstery with fabric detailing the original custom metal finish and colours.
Inside the intimate collaboration between Event Hospitality and Entertainment and Nic Graham and Associates, Ramler created product prototypes for review and sign-off before moving to bulk production, customer-fixed and loose furniture products.
Ramler’s onsite project delivery team consisted of road freight logistics from Christchurch, install placement labour loading into the hotel floors, skilled joinery tradesmen, and a project management supervisor.
Products supplied by Ramler in the design
- Guestroom: bedhead leather pouches, minibars, mirrors, TV benches, sofa beds, bedside tables, coffee tables and wardrobes
- Bathroom: bathroom vanity units, bathroom mirrors with LED lighting
- Reception: marble counter, lobby reception feature cabinetry and graphic glazed wall panels