John & Christine Gachot
Sought after for their holistic approach to creating timeless and sophisticated spaces, Gachot Studios cofounders John and Christine Gachot recently unveiled the first-ever Shinola Hotel in Detroit, a 129-room property comprising a trio of historic downtown buildings. Beautiful but timeworn, the existing architecture “was not so much a challenge but a gift,” says Christine. “We weren’t just building a hotel; we were making a community.”
An even larger community awaits on the Caribbean island of Barbuda, where the couple have been tapped to collaborate on a 600-acre beachfront residential complex. In March, the Gachots launched a line of hardware with Waterworks inspired by two unlikely historic figures: Aesthetic movement pioneer Christopher Dresser and prolific industrial designer Dieter Rams. “These two men lived a century apart but had the same drive,” explains John. “That was the energy I was trying to channel.”
A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2020 Spring Issue under the headline Creative Minds. Subscribe to the magazine.