Country: United States
Architect: Alexandra Champalimaud
Frequented by legendary characters such as Cole Porter and gangster Bugsy Siegel, The Waldorf Astoria in Park Avenue is a true New York icon. When it opened in 1931 it was the largest hotel in the world. Today its origins are still evident in the Art Déco details of its architecture and decoration. Recently the historic site has undergone major refurbishment, carried out by the studio of Alexandra Champalimaud – the acclaimed interior designer of Portuguese origin responsible for numerous prestigious renovations.
A profound awareness of the history of the building was a key factor to the brief. Old photographs wereexamined to bring the building modernity while at the same time reviving its original social status. Starting from the lobby the balconies, which were not original, were eliminated and the spectacular stained glass window overlooking Park Avenue was restored. The magnificent Art Déco mosaics by Louis Regal have now regained their lost centrality, thus restoring all the lobby’s splendour.
Also sumptuous is the suite with breath-taking views of the Chrysler Building. Ufo, the elegant steel bathtub designed by Benedini Associati, plays a prominent role befitting the style of the hotel by combining hi-tech and glamour.
photography: Michael Weber