Acapulco Hotel Project Marks Brilliant Entry into Global Design Community for Schick Design Group

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The international community of designers capable of creating world class hotel interiors is an elite group open only to the best. With its inspired designs for the soon-to-be-opened Mundo Imperial complex in Acapulco, Mexico, Scottsdale's award-winning Schick Design Group has now joined the ranks of that exclusive community. The project included all public areas in the twin towers of the 800-room Mundo Imperial Casa luxury hotel and the public areas and ballrooms for the 750,000 sq. ft. Mundo Imperial Expo Convention center.

The international community of designers capable of creating world class hotel interiors is an elite group open only to the best. With its inspired designs for the soon-to-be-opened Mundo Imperial complex in Acapulco, Mexico, Scottsdale's award-winning Schick Design Group has now joined the ranks of that exclusive community. The project included all public areas in the twin towers of the 800-room Mundo Imperial Casa luxury hotel and the public areas and ballrooms for the 750,000 sq. ft. Mundo Imperial Expo Convention center.

Schick Design Group's creative interiors evoke the many elements of the historic spice trade routes that touched on the Orient, Europe, and Acapulco as silks and rare spices made their way across the oceans. Transitions from one space to another expand on the spice route theme by subtly moving from land to water and back to land. Schick's use of lines as flowing as the ocean currents and colors drawn from the ocean, the sky, the ship's wood and the very spices themselves bring the entire theme to vibrant life.

The Casa Imperial hotel, with its multiple water features and gracefully curving lines, represents the ships that transported goods and the ocean upon which they sailed. In seating areas scattered around the lobby, groves of tall palm trees and clusters of soaring white "sail" sculptures represent safe harbor while adding privacy and sound control. Just off the hotel lobby, Carnivore restaurant's rich palette of paprika and cinnamon colors is a perfect accent for the restaurant's bold steakhouse menu.

The Expo center represents land and ships returning to harbor. The three primary ballrooms, each with its own unique character, are designed in themes reminiscent of Asia, Europe and Acapulco, all stops along the route. A symbolic ship's keel in a glowing teak finish floats above the registration desk in the common area while nearby, soaring panels of ocean-blue fabric whisper of ocean currents and the traded silks. In a particularly innovative design, the firm's talented design team, led by founder and owner Janelle K. Schick, ASID, created distinctive fabric "sculptures" featuring tropical birds such as toucans and flamingoes to set the Expo's cafeterias apart from one another and serve as way finding devices. The birds allow guests to give simple directions such as, "I'll meet you at the toucan" to one another. A wide bridge connecting the parking lot to the second floor of the convention center features flowing waves of white silk along the ceiling and tall panels of aquamarine silk cascading like waterfalls along one wall. The effect is much like sailing across the ocean to reach the "land" that is the convention center.

The award-winning Schick Design Group has long been recognized as one of the Southwest's premier interior design teams specializing in: sophisticated boutique hotels, timeshares and fractional ownership projects, premier clubhouses and lodges, fine dining establishments, high end condominium and luxury custom residences. "The Mundo Imperial project represents our largest and most ambitious project to date," says Ms. Schick, "and we completed it in record time for such an immense project." The company received the contract from Moran Architects, P.C. of Scottsdale at the end of March 2007 and completed it in December 2007, less than half the time normally required for such a large project. If the spectacular designs for Mundo Imperial are any indication, there is no doubt Schick Design Group is well on its way to becoming a major force in the international hospitality/hotel design arena.

The Mundo Imperial complex is a private development owned by Grupo Autofin Mexico. Expected to be the cornerstone in the renaissance of Acapulco, it is located in the new and exclusive Acapulco Diamante district and was designed by architects Gomez, Vasquez, Aldana & Asociados of Guadalajara Mexico.

Schick Design Group (http://www.schickdesigngroup.com) is located at 5665 N Scottsdale Rd., Suite F-120, Scottsdale, AZ 85250. For further information about Schick Design Group, contact CJM Communications at 602-788-3083, 2632 E. Mountain View Rd., Phoenix, Arizona 85028.

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