1. They did what human beings looking for freedom, throughout history, have often done. They left.
A story about original Hotel Hotel collaborators, Hotel Hotel founders, Nectar and Johnathan Efkarpidis.
Brothers Johnathan and Nectar Efkarpidis are the founders of Hotel Hotel.
To break down their roles in simplistic terms; Nectar’s brain will periodically explode with a creative and challenging concept after which Johnathan will patiently and fastidiously collect the pieces, turning them into a plausible and workable business venture.
Johnathan has a fierce insistence on sustainable projects (environmentally and in terms of community), Nectar a passion for all things artistic, and both have a love for the curious, the well made and the considered.
They pursue a collaborative approach to the development of new ideas that help support the global sustainability movement, local artists, designers and small industry.
They love hotels for their transience, for the way that they create a public space that can connect people and ideas. They see the hotel as a vessel for delivering culture, art, a rejuvenation of the artisan and importantly a place for all kinds of people to meet and mix it up.
The brothers looked to re-consider their hotel with a meaningful and relevant typology for its location, Canberra. They see it as a starting point that will evolve organically over time and with the input of guests, staff, visitors and loafers.
Johnathan, Nectar and their family of collaborators at Molonglo Group have conceived of and directed every aspect of the creation of Hotel Hotel. From the design of the building it sits in, to the design and curation of the interiors spaces, right down to the selection of refurbished mid 20th century Australian made chairs placed in each room.