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O N The eclectically modern lobby of Gansevoort Park T H E B O A R D S A Posh & Brand Rendition Jacobs and Pepper ‘Discover’ Gansevoort Park B Y K A T I E T A N D Y Polished ith more than 71 years of collective experience, Stephen Jacobs and Andi Pepper have touched nearly every facet of the industry — from restaurants and residences to hotels, condominiums and commercial interiors, the coupling of Jacob’s architecture with Pepper’s interior design has continued to grow in scope, and with the upcoming introduction of Gansevoort Park, the pair shows no signs of slowing. Jacobs and Pepper met about 30 years ago while working on the illustrious Gotham Hotel (now the Peninsula) and are about to complete their third Gansevoort property with perhaps the most lavish rendition of the brand yet, celebrating the pomp and style of New York’s most renowned street — Park Avenue. Although Jacobs and Pepper were educated in two different fields in two different cities (architecture at Pratt and interior design at Drexel, respectively) the two immediately discovered a rapport which began a lifelong collaboration. “Our aesthetic affinity came out in the fact that Andi, as I saw very early on, approached things from her background as an artist and a painter,” said Jacobs. “I describe her work as ‘painting using fabrics and textures and colors.’ We have similar tastes in that while we’re both sort of oriented in the modern movement, neither of us are minimalists.” The new 20-story Park Ave. property reflects these sentiments, featuring a lobby with highly modern pieces that celebrate the space as a gathering place but also a set piece for art and a touch of drama. With high wooden chairs upholstered in houndstooth, contemporary cut-velvet sofas and a granite chevron floor in Chanel-esque black and white, the lobby exudes a “more formal style,” said Pepper. “It appeals to the same age group [as the other Gansevoort properties] but also invites older people in there.” W 26 • boutique DESIGN may/june 2010

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Boutique Design - May/June 2010
BD Launches ScanLife Technology
The Rocco Forte Collection
Kimpton Open Another Hotel Palomar
Steve Wynn Unveils Encore
NEWH Members Tour NYC’s Newly-Renovated Surrey Hotel
Novo Arts Hotels S.A.S. Studio Night to Benefit the Give Your Art Foundation
BDNY Advisory Board Meets to Tour New Building and Discuss Trade Show Launch
Business Sense
On the Boards: Sephen Jacobs and Andi Pepper Introduce the Upcoming Gansevoort Park
Q&A with Ed Bakos and Anthony DiGuiseppe
We Proudly Present the 2010 Boutique 18 - Read Their Story in Pictures
In Reflection
World by DESIGN
Bath and Spa
Amsterdam Film, UXUS Design, Transforms Napa Valley Garage Winery into Majestic Upscale Tasting Den, Merus
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Boutique Design - May/June 2010