Over the last twenty-five years, Jeffrey Beers’ work has set a new standard for the field of hospitality design. Through thoughtful planning, design innovation, and an incomparable synthesis of architecture and craft, he has created gathering spaces that transcend trends.
The seeds for this deep appreciation of art and craftsmanship, the thread that links his diverse body of work, were first planted during Jeffrey’s childhood. His parents, both globetrotting travel professionals, often brought Jeffrey along on their international trips, giving him not just a well-stamped passport at a young age but also a life-long curiosity about the art and customs of other cultures. Jeffrey had a more immersive fine arts experience while an architecture student at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied with renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly.
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“I realized that blown glass is like a mini-building—form, surface, texture, finish, and color are all married together in one discipline,” says Jeffrey, whose passion for detail continues to define his projects of every scale. Jeffrey’s interest in the relationship of architecture and glass led to an IIE/Fulbright scholarship in Brazil. While there, he worked with the celebrated Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, whom Jeffrey credits with opening his eyes to the world of color and form.
Upon returning to the US, Jeffrey had the honor of joining the New York office of preeminent architect I.M Pei, helping to develop the design for the acclaimed Raffles City complex in Singapore and becoming fascinated by the dynamics of hotels and social spaces where people come to dine, celebrate, or be entertained. In 1986, he founded his own firm, Jeffrey Beers International (JBI).
Since then, the award-winning firm has been consistently recognized for its outstanding hospitality design as well as Jeffrey’s ability to unite artistry with business strategy to create highly successful spaces, from hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs to retail outlets, residences, and offices. JBI is the recipient of three Gold Key Awards for design excellence, Contract magazine’s Interior Design Award, Interior Design’s “Best of Year” Design Award, and in 2000 Jeffrey was inducted into Hospitality Design’s Platinum Circle.
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