Mad Men may be over, but the midcentury modern design trend is still going strong.
Across the U.S., hotels originally built in the 1950s and ’60s are being restored as boutique properties where you can feel you’ve stepped back in time, all the while enjoying the modern conveniences you expect. These five hotels are shining examples of midcentury-modern design updated for the 21st century.
Palm Springs, California
L’Horizon Palm Springs brings back the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age through its unique design esthetic by renowned designer Steve Hermann. The 1950’s gem served as a playground for Hollywood A-Lister’s and U. S. Presidents alike.
Now, redeveloped as a luxury resort, they boast true exclusivity nestled within intimate spaces on 3 acres of gorgeous manicured desert grounds.
The Watergate Hotel
The name is synonymous with the country’s biggest political scandal. The Watergate Hotel, however, was controversial from the start. When it opened in 1965, celebrity Italian architect Luigi Moretti’s curvy, sprawling design sent shock waves through conservative DC. Despite criticism, the hotel quickly became a playground for the fabulous. Its glamorous reputation was eclipsed with political scandal on June 17, 1972, when five intruders were caught in the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, leading to Richard Nixon’s resignation.
Since Nixon infamously declared “I am not a crook,” The Watergate Hotel has been renovated time and again, but no one embraced its original design or posh patrons. Until now. They have arrived at the hotel’s newest chapter. Moretti disciple Ron Arad has restored The Watergate Hotel with a dramatic undulating copper lobby and lush, midcentury modern furniture.
Durham, North Carolina
Durham finally has a destination-worthy hotel. Tasked with designing the Durham, Los Angeles–based firm Commune drew inspiration from the building’s previous life as the Home Savings Bank, the nearby Black Mountain College in Asheville, and midcentury designers such as Charles Eames, Albert Frey, and Arne Jacobsen.
Inside, boldly colored rooms and suites are furnished with custom-designed furniture and blankets by Raleigh Denim, while the restaurant, led by award-winning chef Andrea Reusing, features soaring ceilings and hanging lights designed as a nod to Yoshiro Taniguchi’s chandeliers in Tokyo’s Hotel Okura.
Originally built as the Nautilus Hotel, this luxury boutique hotel on Collins Ave is located in the heart of Miami’s Art Deco district. Designed by famed architect Morris Lapidus in the 1950s, Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel, has been renovated with homage to its original spirit. Revealing an extensive evolution of what the property once was and stood for, Nautilus will feature a comfortable design that emulates a luxury beach house with public spaces, rooms and suites that will have an international and residential feel.
The Dream Hotel Group tapped the Rockwell Group to refresh the Time Hotel New York, a 193-room property in Manhattan’s Times Square, including the sexy LeGrande cocktail lounge and the restaurant Serafina, which features a bold palette of yellow and orange. “The lighter finishes in the lobby and day lounge and the darker, moodier hues in LeGrande were drawn from a midcentury material palette,” says Greg Keffer, Rockwell Group principal and studio leader.
Now, we ask you: Are you on your holidays, so you can enjoy one of this hotels? 🙂
Source: Arcbitectural Digest, L’Horizon, The Watergate Hotel, The Durham, The Nautilus, The Time
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