The Rottet Studio design team was commissioned to remodel this popular, upscale hotel located in New York’s Upper East Side. The Surrey Hotel is subtle and sophisticated yet rich with intrigue and style. Like a vintage black and white photograph it has turned history into a timeless romantic memory where the guest is enveloped in the charm and nostalgia of an era of formality and glamour. The guest salons are the definition of “Modern Luxury.” All of the furniture was designed by Rottet Studio for the guest room, but it looks as if it had been collected throughout the twenties, thirties and forties.
At first glance, the lobby is straight out of the 1920’s with French Limestone walls and Tiger Beige limestone portals, white calacutta and gray bardiglio marble floors, elegant crown moldings and a leaded glass ceiling in the central entry hall. Upon further study, contemporary thought and detail is evident with elements such as the stone mosaic rug in a surrealistically skewed pattern of an Abusson rug. The lobby lounge seating is contemporary, designed by Citterio - the only pieces in the hotel not designed by Rottet. Upholstered in natural silver gray mohair, they sit on a hand woven naturally dark gray wool rug with plush and loop detailing reminiscent of renaissance lace reinterpreted in a contemporary style.
The bar was intentionally designed to appear to have come to the hotel in the 1930’s in the high era of Deco, but true to the style of the hotel. The bar is elegant yet warm and engaging, with seating areas inside the black box made of white shark skin material surrounded by warm beige suede tufted walls. Large crystal chandeliers hang over the seating area and custom designed carpet and furniture adds to the unique guest experience. The bar stools are hand painted in numerical order to create a sense of organization amongst the lively environment and the carpet is covered with phrases as if speaking to its patrons.
The roof top is a true hidden garden on the roof. It is intended to be a manicured French garden that has gone a little wild over the years with subtle natural gray wood planks and decorative concrete planters which hold boxwoods and trailing ivy. Wrought iron tables and chairs are there for guests to relax under the canopy and view out onto the garden. Lounge seating and sofas are set at the corners of the roof terrace like individual garden rooms.
Location: New York, NY, US
My Role: Full interior architectural design services
Additional Credits: Photography by Eric Laignel