“The designers of three noteworthy new independent hotels show how bending (or breaking) the rules can lead to a memorable guest experience.”

“Translating the organic silhouette of a leaf into a bedroom that could fit a queen-size bed presented Beliharz with his first logistical headache: finding an eco-friendly but pliable indoor wall treatment. “Two walls are curved, so it was a challenge finding anything that would bend around them,” he says. The ultra-thin plywood he eventually settled on serves as the base for a chic dark green paint treatment.”