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Staying Art-Centric


Staying Art-Centric

New York City Hotel Combines Art and Design

Text by bill indursky | Images Courtesy of The William
JULY 17, 2014

A recent addition to New York City’s hotel landscape is The William, a unique, modern extended stay hotel with 33-rooms.  The design of the hotel was a collaboration between the interior design teams of Edwin Zawadzki and Mason Wickham, In Situ Design; Lilian Bakhash, Lilian B Interiors; and fine artist William Engel.  Engel, a New York and San Diego-based painter, whose large scale works are commissioned for both corporate and residential interiors, layer a single poured color over itself—often taking months to dry.

The design team chose to work together in a combined atelier in Chelsea.  “Working together atelier style meant that we literally lived and breathed the Dutch oils used in Bill’s [William’s] paintings,” notes Mason Wickham of In Situ Design. “As a result, the guest rooms are seeped in color that is not decorative, but visceral, three dimensional and fully immersive.”

Each floor is an exploration into monochromatic color theory, painted in unabashed blues, teals, reds, greens or oranges.  The hotel design became an extension of Engel’s paintings; hand-crafted guest suites was transformed into a livable three ­dimensional paintings.

Sculptured furniture and saturated colors create vibrant interior spaces. Taking cues from the Mid­-century Modern movement, furnishings are social and flexible, allowing guests to seamlessly transition between work and play.

The $11M renovation of the original $9M dollar purchased building was developed by Shlomo Bakhash of The Kash Group and is managed by Warner Hospitality.   It is the developer’s first foray into Hospitality.  The management group, Warner Hospitality, also manages the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The William Hotel located at 24 East 39th Street between Park and Madison Avenues accepts reservations at, by email or call 855­ NYC-­WILL.  Room prices vary but, a Penthouse Suite with Terrace rents for around $495/night.

About the author: Bill Indursky
Bill Indursky is an architect, trend expert, and digital entrepreneur. He is the former founder of V&M (Vintage & Modern (2006-2013)) and the current founder of Design Life Network (DLN). DLN is a MAGAZINE + DESIGN AGENCY + MARKETPLACE + TV CHANNEL promoting inspiring design of all eras online and on TV.

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