Rockwell Group has introduced its design for the newly opened Edition hotel in New York. Designed in conjunction with the Ian Schrager Company Design Team, New York Edition is a new hotel by Ian Schrager in partnership with Marriott International located in the landmark Metropolitan Life Tower across from Madison Square Park.
Built in 1909, the Gothic-style building, which is also referred to as the Clock Tower, was modeled after the Campanile in Venice, Italy. The 700-foot-tall hotel houses a new lobby, The Clocktower restaurant by British chef Jason Atherton, meeting and event spaces, spa and gym, as well as 273 guest rooms.
Rockwell Group has developed a design concept for the public areas and guest rooms that complements the Clock Tower’s historic interior. Says Rockwell Group, “A palette of richly textured and natural materials was selected to enhance the juxtaposition of modern and traditional in the building.”
“The lobby is a dramatic yet understated space with residential-inspired design elements. Seating groups comprised of plush, neutral hued sofas and lounge chairs, and a bar area with a glowing amber glass back wall create a series of relaxed social spaces in the lobby. Wide plank wood flooring in a light oak finish adds warmth to the 14-foot-tall, light filled space. Pre-cast custom concrete tiles that mimic the building’s original limestone façade form window casings and serve as accents for the walls and floors.”
“A gallery lounge area towards the back of the lobby features four lounge chairs with custom upholstery and a stone and bronze coffee table near a blackened steel fireplace. Nearby, an organic, helical stair with a curved outer shell and light oak wood interior paneling leads guests to the 2nd floor restaurant.”
“The Clocktower is New York Edition’s new restaurant by the acclaimed British chef Jason Atherton and American restaurateur Stephen Starr. The 2nd floor space is a designated New York and federal landmark that once served as Met Life’s executive offices. Historical light fixtures, along with mahogany doors, wainscoting and floors have been restored to their original condition.”
“Drinks are served at a bar with a gold leaf finish. A custom opalescent glass globe and dark meta pendant by the contemporary French artist Eric Schmitt provide a beautiful accent to the bar. A billiard room featuring dark mauve velvet seating and a billiard table with a burgundy playing surface serves as a casual, pre-dinner gathering spot.”
“The Edition New York guest rooms have a luxurious, urban residential apartment feel. In a nod to the Clock Tower’s architecture, many guest rooms will have vaulted ceilings. Rockwell Group created a tone-on-tone color palette with accents of dark wood, including an oversized walnut paneled headboard and a dark brown coffee table.”
Address: 5 Madison Avenue, New York, NY
Number of Rooms: 273
Design Team: Rockwell Group / I.S.C Design Studio
Scope of Work: Architectural and Interior Design, Lighting Design, Custom Furniture and Fixture Design