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New York has its newest high-vibe hotel addition, towering on 35 floors is a hotel designed by Rockwell Group, Moxy Chelsea hotel. Part of Marriott International, this should be a feature in future hospitality design trends 2019 at the Contemporary Hotel Ideas section. The 349-room hotel design, has lots of public areas for lunch and dinner, cocktails or work, while also providing guests with access to all New York attractions. This discovery marks the second partnership of Yabu Pushelberg, the Rockwell Group, and the Stonehill Taylor architectural group, which also designed Moxy Times Square.
Rockwell Group has designed the public and amenity spaces like the restaurant, lounge, and rooftop which are fully provided for an inviting escape into a world of luxury and comfort away from the citie’s busy streets, inspired by the beauty, vibrancy, and diversity of the surrounding neighbourhood.
Located on the ground floor is the hotel’s Italian restaurant ‘Feroce’ consisting of a series of beautifully curated rooms that lead to the outdoor terrace, a hidden oasis amongst the foliage for guests to wine, dine and socialize. Injecting a sense of playfulness and colour into the restaurant interior design, collections of apothecary candy jars contain bold-coloured Italian sweets, positioned on glass and brass shelving, alongside aperitif and digestif bottles that create an unexpected juxtaposition that sets the tone for the Moxy brand which runs through the entirety of the contemporary hotel design.
The recessed Venetian plastered walls and an uplit barrel-vaulted ceiling have been refined by geometric light fixtures and detailing that transport guests to an early 20th Century Milan and Rome. The soft pastel colours of the over-sized mosaic tile floor collide with the rich emerald and burgundy hues of the woodwork and leather upholstery respectively, adding depth to the interior as well as an inviting atmosphere.
The main restaurant area echoes many similar features to the cafe and bar areas but with a much darker style, introducing dark woods used in much of the furniture designs, ceiling detailing and in the flooring. Three arched recesses contain semi-circular booth seating with views out across the restaurant and into the adjacent dining courtyard. The over-sized mosaic floor tiles seen in the bar transfer into the surfaces of the tabletops in the form of a dark terrazzo finish. To further animate the room, Rockwell Group also designed bespoke grappa-tasting carts that can be moved throughout the space.
A sliding glass door leads to the private dining room, where the walls feature large-scale, deconstructed vintage Italian liquor posters behind antiqued mirrors. Ground floor restrooms have rich, emerald-painted walls and dark terrazzo; key design elements that connect the interiors of the restaurant.
The hotel’s vintage Italian flair continues onto the second floor with the Moxy Lounge, a central hub for visitors and hotel guests. To the right of the lounge area, is the Winter Garden boasting an impressive 20-foot-high living wall and remarkable views that look out onto the heart of New York’s Flower District, spanning the width of the hotel. The bar is screened from the Winter Garden by a kinetic plane of tilting glass tiles that change the configuration. The burgundy upholstery of the lounge furniture seating and large mosaic tiled flooring echo the style of the Feroce restaurant below, but the addition of concrete and glass create help create an edgy and relaxed atmosphere, perfect for those looking to sit back and enjoy a cocktail or two.
Wrapped in over-sized graphics of botanicals, the entrance and staircase to the rooftop bar build up the drama and excitement to the hotel’s crown jewel and a must-visit destination.
The Fleur Room interiors are comprised of a lively palette of materials. Rough concrete and industrial windows are mixed with polished bronze, warm wall coverings, and plush furnishings, merging industrial and chic styles. Subdued indirect lighting both reinforces the spectacular views and heightens the intimacy of the space, while inverted resin pyramids glow with embedded florals, referencing the surrounding Garden District.
Adjacent to the bar is an indoor/outdoor lounge wrapped in kinetic windows that transform the space into a sky veranda at the touch of a button. In contrast to the Fleur Room, the decor takes on a bolder approach, once again introducing emerald colouring onto the walls and ceiling, paired with elegant floral upholstery on the booth seating that surrounds the perimeter of the bar.
Wooden floors give way to concrete tiles in black, white, and green that doubles up as a dance floor as the parties extend into the early hours of the morning. A large hotel room mirror hangs on the bar’s back wall, framing the reflected views of the skyline, capturing the impressive lighting pendant from certain angles, connecting the interior and exterior spaces.
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