“Ask him who his motha is,” Raul Lopez beckons from behind a seafood tower. “Ask him!” The designer, who co-founded the legendary fashion brand Hood by Air and now helms his own eponymously backward line, Luar, is gesturing toward a handsomely dressed man balancing a tray of fondued scallops, steam still exhaling from their pearly white shells. “He is,” instantly responds Davide Spada, the composer of this particular evening at Palm Heights. The fashionable reef resort—with its Pierre Paulin lounge chairs, Mario Bellini sofas, Ingo Maurer lights, vintage art books, and rare copies of Interview—is a design mecca in the middle of the Cayman Islands, and has become a frequent haunt of aesthetes and eccentrics.
Queer Artists Find Freedom at a Designer Hotel in the Caribbean
With raw workspaces and surplus archives of Ettore Sottsass and Marcel Breuer, the Palm Heights Grand Cayman has become a fashionable residence for creative expression. Last week, new and old collaborators joined the hotel to commemorate the second annual Cayman Pride—a cultural moment that is both remarkable yet also routine for the progressive stay.