The Hotel Indigo needed to create a welcoming atmosphere that evoked the light, beachy aura of Sarasota, FL, while meeting the challenge of finding materials that were sustainably sourced.

About Hotel Indigo

Hotel Indigo is a deco-style hotel located in the heart of Sarasota's Downtown Arts District in Florida. Ideal for guests who want to relax and unwind, the hotel offers guests a welcome retreat from the heat and bustle of busy western Florida.

Sourcing Healthier Materials for Design


Hotel Indigo needed an update to their space, specifically in the lobby of the hotel. The owners wanted this space to evoke a warm, approachable atmosphere, and still depict the spirit of the surrounding beach town. They wanted the lobby to have a “natural welcome” and give the feeling of total relaxation for the guests.

Hotel Indigo partnered with the Atlanta-based design firm, ai3, for their project. Finding the right materials for the lobby space was a challenge, however. The owners wanted visitors to feel immediately at home in their hotel, but ai3 needed to incorporate the coastal ambiance using products that were sourced responsibly and mimicked the surrounding environment.

A More Sustainable, Inviting Lobby

The designers chose to use Kirei Coco Tiles for the counter facings in the hotel’s lobby. These little mosaics are made from real reclaimed coconut shells, which delivered the tropical flair it was looking for.

Kirei’s Coco Tiles not only make for a great outdoor style for indoor spaces, but they are require low or zero VOC adhesives to install. The Hotel Indigo chose the light tan and brown tiles from the Sumatra collection, perfect for a beachy and welcoming lobby.

A Warm Welcome in Sarasota

Through Kirei’s unique and eco friendly Coco Tiles, the Indigo Hotel was able give their lobby a beautiful update that represented the style and flow the hotel was striving for.