Mari Balestrazzi, boutique hotel design genius, has designed a Semi-Automatic vending machine for the Morgans Hotel Group’s Mondrian South Beach hotel in Miami.
Swipe your credit card and it dispenses a variety of luxury items such as 24-karat gold handcuffs from Kiki de Montparnasse, Fred Flare heart sunglasses or a 14-karat gold necklace by Kiel Mead.
Balestrazzi, known for his vision hotels as very personal experiences at a boutique scale through movie-set like vignettes (see gallery), envisions the luxury automat as an alternative to the traditional hotel gift shop.
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Luxe Next-Gen Vending Machines Replace Retail Boutiques
Published: Mar 23, 2009 • References: themoment.blogs.nytimes