Through a design lens, vintage Hawaii expresses itself in tropical prints in midcentury hues like aqua and salmon. That timeless look is exactly what Official Mfg. Co. of Portland, Oregon, strove for when making over the brand and palette at The Laylow in Honolulu's Waikiki Beach neighborhood, steps from the ocean.
"We really wanted a laid-back, Hawaiian vibe and we chose furniture, lighting, colors, art and materials accordingly," says Fritz Mesenbrink, Official Mfg. Co's principal and creative director.
"Midcentury-inspired design meets present-day Hawaiian charm" is how Mesenbrink describes the look. "We wanted to hearken back to the optimism of midcentury design — a moment when many cultures recovered from the aftermath of World War II. In particular, this moment culminated in Hawaii, as American and Japanese culture built a new relationship, influenced by the ancient native culture."