Hospitality Design - May 2015 - (Page 139)

project tuscany penthouse breakdown By Ashleigh VanHouten Photography by Christian Garibaldi DREAM TEAM Three design firms collaborate on a penthouse revamp From the beginning, the redesign of the penthouse at the Tuscany, a St Giles boutique hotel in New York, was anything but typical. Originally opened in 1928 and once a W, the hotel's public spaces and 124 residentialstyle guestrooms were being renovated by designer Jeff Lincoln, but for the 3,000-square-foot 17th-floor penthouse suite, Abigail Tan, head of St Giles Hotels for Europe, UK, and the U.S., wanted to try something different. In 2011, she called on Hospitality Design (HD) magazine to curate the makeover, which was unveiled last summer, by hosting a call for design submissions. The brief: blend modern sophistication with Old World Tuscan charm. From the almost 10 firms who submitted (without a specified budget there were a range of innovative ideas including a cantilevering pool), Tan selected three-AJC Design, dash design, and Gensler-assigning each firm a separate area, from what she thought were the standouts of their proposals. Not only did the firms donate their time, but HD also helped secure manufacturer collaborators-most companies donated the furnishings and fixtures, some were given at a discount-to create a sophisticated retreat that continues the hotel's namesake theme, says Tan. In addition, she selected Make it Right-a nonprofit organization that constructs homes, buildings, and communities for people in need-as the project's charitable partner. Gifts made by participating manufacturers were matched dollar for dollar by St Giles, for a total of $6,000. David Ashen, principal and founder of Long Island City, New Yorkbased dash design, says his team was excited at the prospect of collaborating with other designers. "It was interesting and fun to work with other highcaliber firms. All those great creative minds made the end product unique," he says. The diversity of the different teams worked to their advantage, says Alicia Cannon, owner of New York's AJC Design. "We all concentrate on different types of work," she says, "so it's good to see how each team approached the project." May 2015 139

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - May 2015

Online TOC
From the Editor
Business Sense State of the Industry
Sustainable Studio El Mangroove
Project Breakdown Tuscany Penthouse
Trends Lighting Design
Trends Serviced Apartments
Places Chengdu
Places Dubai
Places Nicaragua
5 Questions for Ingo Schweder
Profile Connie Kolman
Trends Marsala
Window Coverings
HD Expo Preview
From the Show Director
Places Las Vegas
ICFF Preview
ICFF Studio
Drake Devonshire
Baccarat Hotels & Residences New York
Aman Tokyo
Le Cinq Codet
Q&C Hotel/bar
The Goodland
Hotel SP34
Martha Washington
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge
Urban Cowboy
Vincci Gala
Vino Veritas
The Grey
Stacked at Ozo Chaweng Samui
Bottega Americano
Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co.
Parq Restaurant & Nightclub
Ad Index
Back Space

Hospitality Design - May 2015