Above is a model suite for the Kelly Wearstler-designed Viceroy Miami, scheduled to open in 2009. If someone had described to me the use of this large-scale work (Audubon or Audubon-esque? Martin Johnson Heade-inspired?) as a focal point behind the bed, I might have thought it sounded dreadful. But seeing it, I think it's very successful. An interesting riff on old-school resort art (bird prints.)
After a while, designing solely to be unexpected becomes expected, so I think it is fascinating to see how KWID projects are evolving -- melding classic and modern elements in a fresh, glamorous package.