Tastemaker Anna Trzebinski’s New Hotel in Nairobi Is a Fashionable Slice of Paradise

Trzebinski felt Nairobi lacked inspiring communal room devoted to creatives, so she and her staff transformed her previous household residence into a accumulating position that would convey jointly Kenyan doers, makers, and thinkers, as very well as travelers from afar, who could continue to be on the lush home in the city’s Langata community.

A modern day take on conventional African lighting design.

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Turning from dressing humans to dressing the property, she combines classic patterns from Kenya’s Samburu and Maasai peoples, organic components like driftwood, and European elements—say, a forest eco-friendly Chesterfield chair—to develop an eclectic, distinctly Trzebinski glance that mirrors her trend line. “There are lots of layers to every little thing I do. Most things are hugely textural,” she says. “But it’s not all about the place, it is also about you in the space and what that does to you. I generally hope to attain balance and harmony and a area that is inspiring to be in even though being a incredibly clear expression of some thing.”

Indoor-outside at the Eden.

That anything is Trzebinski’s household tale. She filled the property with her personalized art assortment gathered in excess of her life time, which is anchored by operates by her to start with husband, Tonio—a painter who was tragically murdered in a suspected carjacking in 2001—as perfectly as parts by their two youngsters, Lana and Stanislaw, who are also artists. Tonio’s previous studio now residences 5 of the 8 visitor rooms at Eden (the others are in the key house), with an supplemental Artist-in-Residence cottage rounding out the accommodations. “To explain to you the tale of my lodge would be to inform you the tale of my lifetime,” Trzebinski suggests.

The wooden-body exterior at Eden.

Though she warmly welcomes vacationers to Eden, Trzebinski is clear that Eden is not just for “heads on beds,” but instead for visitors and locals to congregate with equally “discerning and socially engaged” minds in a “very modern expression of Nairobi.” For relaxed socializing, there’s the alfresco Deck cafe and bar, open for lunch and evening meal, exactly where she’ll often host situations. She also presents guests the possibility to explore outside of the household, tapping her community to host visits to the studios of artists, designers, and other creatives during Nairobi. Trzebinski also operates a humanitarian software and a sustainable financial investment method. “We seriously want to be a real keyhole oasis to enter into an genuine and vivid metropolis on many concentrations,” she suggests.

In opening Eden to foster the inventive neighborhood, Trzebinski uncovered the closure she required on the most new chapter of her life—one that she describes as magical, but marred by tragedy, among the loss of Tonio and the upheaval of the pandemic.

The hotel is set on a smaller pond.

“It was my prospect to eventually inform the story of my family, of our lives, of our decline, of our creativeness, of our collections, of our friendships and activities, and of our identity as Kenyans,” Trzebinski suggests. “This was my chance to just be in the silence, no room, no time. Just generate. And in the course of action, all was fantastic.”