Quiet Studios’ design for The Rebello, the Bomporto Group’s new five-star hotel, honors the buildings’ industrial past and architecture while integrating modern amenities, clean lines, and bold texture. Located in Porto, the 104-room hotel occupies historic stone factory buildings with stunning views of the Douro River and Porto’s historical center. Its name pays homage to the city’s port wine warehousing past and the traditional wooden cargo boats (rabelo) that once transported wine.
For the concept, Quiet Studios drew inspiration from the eclectic and innovative nature of artists who have historically found creative solutions to utilize and reappropriate industrial spaces for both living and working. The interiors feature a number of custom details designed by the studio, including bespoke soft furnishings and furniture as well as installations designed in collaboration with local makers, artists, and artisans. The hotel’s design showcases authentic and original art and objects that stimulate creativity and inspire guests to think more deeply about the creative process and craftsmanship.
Work commenced by establishing the initial creative direction and strategic concept, forming the bedrock for the comprehensive narrative of the hotel and its visual identity. Quiet Studios then developed the branding and storytelling language in collaboration with designer Nat M. Waterman. The scope of work also included all signage, stationary, amenities, merchandise, brand identity, and marketing collateral.
In addition to sourcing vintage objects and furniture, the studio took charge of selecting and curating fine art from a host of local and international artists and galleries. In keeping with the overall design program, Quiet Studios designed most of the furniture pieces in the rooms as well as in the spa. The portfolio of bespoke designs for The Rebello includes lighting, rugs, mirrors, furniture, and wall and ceiling interventions.
A retail concept store, spa, restaurant, rooftop bar and restaurant, kids’ club, meeting rooms, business center, lobby, and extensive gardens are also part of the 27.000 m2 hotel’s design project spearheaded by Quiet Studios.