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Jackalope Mornington Peninsula –
branding, lighting design
and more by Fabio Ongarato

Jackalope Mornington Peninsula – branding, lighting design and more by Fabio Ongarato Design. Image: Sharyn Cairns

With an increasing emphasis on architecture and design, today’s hotels aim to be a home away from home for guests. In this highly respected speaker program presented by Artichoke magazine, we explore the importance of holistic design in hotels – from the branding to the bar.

Be our guest: The value of hotel design


Michael Drescher is a director of DKO and head of interiors across three countries. Merging the practices of architecture and interiors, he leads an extensive portfolio of national and international projects. Michael’s hotel experience includes Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne, Lyall Hotel and Residences and the recently announced five-star Marriott Docklands.

Tracey Wiles is a partner at international architecture practice Make and leads its interior design team in Sydney. She was a senior associate at Foster + Partners before joining Make’s London studio in 2007. She has worked on many high-end projects, including The ME Hotel in London, The Temple House in Chengdu, Lord Norman Foster’s private houses and the Opera Residences in Sydney, which are currently under construction.

Fabio Ongarato and Ben Kluger are respectively the creative director and design director of Fabio Ongarato Design, a collaboratively-driven design studio based in Australia, Hong Kong and Dubai. The FOD team has created iconic brands, places and spaces for clients including Jackalope Group, W Hotels, Lucas Group, ACCA, Gertrude Contemporary and many more. 

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