Designer Eva Sue wants you to find "surprising hints of quirk" when checking into the 103-room Ovolo The Valley, which opened in a Brisbane, Australia, 'burb in November 2018. So, if you're looking for a boutique-y hotel with a bit of whimsy for your Aussie vacay, this is definitely one to consider.
"The execution is part Alice in Wonderland," says Sue, principal and regional interior design leader for Woods Bagot, "and part a celebration of nature and the vivid regional flora, to inspire and ignite the curiosity of our guest." This translates to spaces decked out in splashy floral wallpapers and curved velvet upholstery in bold colors.
Curating a whimsical art collection was at the hands of art curator Kathleen Wilson, director of Creative Chase art consultancy. "The artworks are visually strong and feature dynamic, colorful, and sculptural qualities which beckon an emotional response," says Sue, as well as "immersive guest interactions such as the art plinth, which elevates Bobo the Gorilla (one of the pieces, a sculpture) as a museum artifact for a playful tongue-in-cheek moment."