Hospitality: Hotel - Boutique
Best of Year 2009 Winner: Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors
Best of Year -- Interior Design, 12/1/2009 12:00:00 AM
Best of Year Winner, Hospitality: Hotel - BOUTIQUE: Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors: Ace Hotel NY, New York, NY
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It's nearly impossible to snag a dinner reservation at the Breslin in New York. But even before the restaurant opened for business at the Ace Hotel, the adjacent lobby was teeming with plaid-clad hipsters and neighborhood professionals. That's because Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors principals Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer infused the entire 1904 landmark, including the Breslin, with a moody, loungy vibe achieved by combining vintage and found objects, comfy custom furniture, and edgy art. In the lobby, that meant retaining an original stained-glass ceiling, now complemented by oak paneling lifted from a Park Avenue apartment. The 262 guest rooms are outfitted with herringbone parquet—which might seem sedate if it weren't for the Eero Saarinen chairs, the retro refrigerators, and a seemingly random selection of vinyl records, turntables, and Gibson guitars.
ERIC CHEONG; DANA JAASUND; LAURA FLAM; LOREN DAYE; BENJAMIN LUDDY; SHANA SIGMOND; WAYNE SWITZER: PROJECT TEAM.
Best of Year Merit Awards, Hospitality: Hotel - BOUTIQUE
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