AtemporalRegina Winkle-Bryan • February 13, 2017
Designers Sandra and Ignacio Masías and Jordi Puig conceived the design of Lima, Peru’s Atemporal as if they were planning a theater production. “Various factors make a hotel a hit,” says Sandra. “In this case, the plot revolves around our inspiring photographer, the actors are the hotel staff, and the stage is the house.”
Set in a stately 1940s abode in the Miraflores district—used as a private home until it was converted into a boutique hotelito last year—Atemporal’s plot winds through nine rooms where photographs of local cowboys dangle unframed and sunshine floods through large windows, which open up onto the private garden or a quiet neighborhood street. Each room is slightly different from the next but all are painted in soft hues ranging from gray and blue to herb green with white accent trim. Floral curtains in purple and yellow add panels of bold color and pattern, as do red, black, and white rugs sourced from Lake Titicaca.
Throughout the hotel, vintage and contemporary mix. In one room, for example, a new geometric headboard in chalk white and blonde wood is crowned by asymmetrical black and white photographs of women from the turn of the 20th century. Gray nightstands flank the bed, with one supporting a rotary telephone in cherry red that can make local calls. In lieu of a desk, a bespoke table is fastened to the wall, and a traditional closet is replaced with an iron wardrobe rack containing shelving and woven storage baskets. The nontraditional gray-tiled bathrooms are divided from rooms by a sliding door with the wash closet and shower found in separate spaces.
An ample drawing room doubles as the hotel’s breakfast area and its bar and lounge. Here, a blend of reupholstered vintage and contemporary furnishings pop in orange and white around a striped rug. The centerpiece of the room consists of two sizeable photographs by artist Josephine Michelin displayed against a deep blue-gray background. Meanwhile, the upstairs library nook is fitted with cozy English armchairs and treasures from bygone eras: “a coal-heated iron, yerba mate mugs used by Argentinian cowboys, soda siphons, record players from the ’70s, and more,” says Sandra.