Chicago, IL, USA
The hotel was built in 1923 and is a landmark on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. The $10 million dollar renovation included a remodel of all 443 guestrooms as well as all public spaces including the lobby, ballroom and lounge. The goal was to create a design that highlighted the classical elements of the hotel while incorporating modern features. The renovation was primarily cosmetic and the design team faced the challenge of transforming the image of the hotel through finishes and furniture.
The Motor Lobby was completely revamped; A sophisticated grey filigree wallcovering modernized by full height mint green banquettes paired with mulberry theatrical style chairs set the stage. A glowing backlit onyx wall draws patrons in off the street and to the lobby elevator. Upon exiting onto the 2nd floor, guests are greeted by the serenity of a white arcade and the warmth of a free standing onyx fireplace that acts as a division between the Lobby and the Lounge. Smoky grey walls are anchored by curved sofa style booths and velvet dining seating. Shimmering sheers seductively offer patrons an intimate seating area for dining or lounging.
The 3rd floor Ballroom evokes a powerful sense of romance. The custom designed carpet is a bold white and black geometric pattern, reminiscent of the Chicago grillwork, interlaced with an organic flower pattern in shades of green and classic red. The double height straight hung draperies accentuate the height of the space rendering this a unique venue.
The Guestrooms present an exciting mixture of curvilinear yet structured forms. The bed is haloed by a white leather like headboard. Paired with the existing wallcovering, graphic fabrics in classic shades of black and white accented by punches of dusty blue add a timeless glamour and elevate these rooms to a residential feel.