What: Yet another Ian Schrager success story. A luxury hotel that takes interior design to the next level.
Where: In New York City, overlooking the last private park in Manhattan, Gramercy Park.
Why: Deliberately designed to incur the feeling of being inside an artist’s studio, the Gramercy Park is unique in it’s concept. Through eccentric use of colors and the combination of rich fabrics and textiles, artist Julian Schnabel has created something of a luxurious fairytale hotel. Made up of 185 guest rooms, two bars, a restaurant and spa, the Gramercy has managed to retain the intimacy it was known for before its renovation, without becoming too claustrophobic. Throughout the public areas of the hotel, residents and visitors can view the wonderful artwork by painters such as Warhol, Hirst and Basquiat. And a changing list of guest curators will ensure a constant rotation of what’s on display, offering people a different experience each time they visit this comfortable environment. Between Schrager’s wish for the hotel to be known as a ‘service hotel’ and his collaboration with Narciso Rodriguez (who he entrusted to designed the staff ‘non-uniforms’), it appears that for his Gramercy Park project, the master of the boutique hotel has left no stone unturned.