Insights: By Design
The people of Four Seasons are your go-to resource for tips on making the most of a destination.
Interior designer Lachmee Chin, who has partnered with Four Seasons on its public and private spaces,
shares her inspirations and suggestions for exploring design in Miami. By Nancy Oakley
ince 2005, Lachmee Chin’s esprit ouvert has guided her as
director of interior design at O’Donnell, Dannwolf & Partners
Architects Inc. (ODP). The firm is the architect of record for
One Thousand Museum, designed by the late Iraqi-born architect
and Pritzker Prize winner Zaha Hadid, and has independently
designed several of the Four Seasons Private Residences Miami.
At Four Seasons Hotel Miami and the Private Residences,
Chin has worked on the designs for the main lobby, for EDGE,
Steak & Bar, and for three of the penthouse floors—one of which
has a 4,000-bottle wine room in its centre and an award-winning
masculine bathroom (see Four Seasons Projects, right). In total,
ODP has designed more than 20 spaces in the building. The firm
also partners with the Hotel on a design-focused Extraordinary
Experience that gives guests the opportunity to see exclusive
showrooms, private collections and stunning individual residences
that are not open to the public.
Born in Guyana to Hindu parents, Chin grew up in South
Florida and feels that her heritage and surroundings opened her
mind to “different spices, smells, sounds, colours and religions,”
which eventually turned into “a love for various fabrics, textures
and materials.” Her penchant for creative pursuits led her to
study painting, ceramics, photography and charcoal nude figure
drawing at New World School of the Arts in downtown Miami.
This concentration in fine arts, her culturally diverse upbringing
and a taste for the finer things in life—including wine, Aston
Martin cars and beautiful shoes—have informed Chin’s aesthetic.
Here, she offers her insights into working with clients, navigating
Art Basel and Miami’s Design District, and other design highlights.