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HOT Art - The Art of the Bullfight

The recently refurbished Hotel Don Carlos Golf & Beach Resort in Marbella is a showcase not only for contemporary retro design but also a new photographic take on one of Spain’s most powerful traditions -  the bullfight...

Marbella has always been synonymous with exuberant Mediterranean style. Traditional Andalusian architecture prevails, with quaint white exteriors and Moorish touches everywhere. In recent years, however, in keeping with worldwide trends, a new wave of modern interior design has swept over the resort, giving Marbella a bold new ambience in tune with its evolving cosmopolitan population.

Nowhere is this more evident than the 5-star Hotel Don Carlos Golf & Beach Resort. In the last five years, world class international designers have carried out a spectacular renovations programme resulting in a complete change of image of the hotel, already iconic in Marbella.

A haven of designer desirability, the new style maximises the potential of the hotel’s 60’s post-modernist architecture, the flavour of the new interior by Gatserelia Design International is contemporary retro chic. The ambience from the impressive new lobby with its futuristic lighting and bespoke mosaic tiles, to the chic new rooms is one of timeless elegance.

In the rooms and corridors, alongside elements which enhance the generous measures of light and space, such as glass and mirroring, are state-of-the-art touches of style, such as the red chaise-longue, Philippe Starck chairs and abstract bullfighting images by photographer Gary Edwards. 

Toros, a limited edition created to enhance the contemporary style of the hotel, is the result of an open brief given to the photographer to create images which reflected traditional Andalusian themes with a modern twist. Experimenting with a variety of subjects, nothing quite captured Gary’s imagination in the same way as the bullfight. 

Bold, colourful, dramatic, spontaneous, extreme, Toros, the final series of four photographs featured in the hotel rooms perfectly captures the essence and magic of the fiesta nacional. “The challenge is in finding a moment which is significant, graphic and appealing to the eye,” says the photographer. The resulting images show the bull and the torero engaged in a swirl of colour and movement, capturing all the excitement and beauty of the moment.

Continuing with the bullfighting theme, a series of columns in the cool blue design of the hotel’s Bahia restaurant features reproductions of two of Gary Edwards’ limited edition photographs boldly crafted in exclusive Bisazza mosaic tiles.

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HOT Properties magazine Issue 61 - 2006

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