Luxe Next-Gen Vending Machines Replace Retail Boutiques

 - Mar 23, 2009
References: themoment.blogs.nytimes
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.