Rockwell takes Boston

>> Wednesday, March 10, 2010

After working for a hospitality design firm for three years, I became very familiar with the work of the David Rockwell.  The Rockwell Group is up there on the list of hospitality design greats. Recently they completed their first Beantown project with Ames Boston and I was pleased to open up the new online version of Hospitality Design magazine this afternoon (thank you for going online HD magazine) and find a wonderful article on the project.

The concept was to mix the old with new, the modern-minimalist with the traditional Bostonian. The cloud-like light fixture in the first image is made of hundreds on mirrored Mylar disks. The furniture in the guestrooms is intended to reflect Federal-style furniture. I love the three commemorative plates on the headboard wall, such an unexpected twist on mixing old and new. The shelves in the dining area are filled with flea market finds found by design team. How fun is that!? Why haven't any of my commercial projects ever include a trip to the flea market?

Here is a video interview with David Rockwell describing his design concept for the 2009 Academy Awards. I always think it's interesting to hear about design from the designers themselves. If I experience 10% of the success this man has had, in my own design career, I would be a happy, happy woman.


jeanine March 11, 2010 at 6:44 AM  

I really like the guestrooms (with a different chair perhaps). They are very serene-looking.

Also hooray for HD Mag online. That's one less magazine that will be in my leaning tower of magazines...


Stephanie Sabbe March 11, 2010 at 8:00 AM  

jeanine! great minds think alike.Or maybe you have my mind since you are logged on as me all day. I didn't want to say it, but I really do not like that chair either. I think going "old" there would have been a better idea.

LindsB March 11, 2010 at 8:55 PM  

what a cool project, I had no idea- I must go check out more. Also going to HD mag online, I'm really loving online mags lately :)

Blueprint Bliss March 12, 2010 at 9:07 AM  

I've been missing my HD magazine lately- I'm sure it is still sent to me at my old job.

I used to love looking at hospitality projects!

Emily March 12, 2010 at 10:25 AM  

Love this place and i'm dying to get over there to check it out. I was drooling over these pics a few weeks ago. We should all go over for a drink one night!

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