Blueprint Awards 2016: The winners

Best Interior Project - Leisure

Winner: Ian Schrager and Ian Schrager Company Design Team, with Rockwell Group and I.S.C. Design Studio, USA
The New York EDITION, New York, USA

The New York EDITION, New York, USA

Judge’s Comment

‘Beautiful setting and a strong sense of identity without being too loud’ Lyndon Neri

Opened in May last year, The New York EDITION is a luxury hotel housed in an iconic 41-storey skyscraper dating from 1909 in the heart of midtown New York’s Flatiron District, moments from Madison Square Park. The design by Ian Schrager seamlessly blends the character of the old landmark building with a simple, sophisticated design sensibility.

‘Much of this hotel embraces the building’s existing design but the old was offset with the new to add a downtown feel,’ explains Schrager. The lobby is clad in classic Venetian plasterwork and has a hand-forged, blackened steel fireplace, while a sculptural spiral staircase, a modern interpretation of those found in the grand mansions of Millionaire’s Row, leads to the second-floor restaurant. The restaurant is arranged into three intimate dining rooms, with original herringbone oak floors, mahogany wainscoting on the walls and rich velvet chairs inspired by the vibrant colours of the Dutch masters.

The hotel’s 273 unique rooms and suites feature original, oversized windows that frame the skyline and provide 180-degree views across the city. Each room has a floating white oak desk and a luxurious bed with a dark walnut headboard and a custom-built walnut platform and bedside tables. ‘The rooms are serene, comforting and feel like an oasis from the outside world,’ says Schrager.

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Spring Place, New York, USA

China S5 Design&Consulting Co, China
Wuxi Barber Shop, Jiangsu Province, China

Department of ARCHITECTURE, Thailand
DII Wellness Med Spa, location undisclosed

DP Design Pte, Singapore
Cinemaxx Junior, Indonesia

He Wei, China
Papa’s Hostel, Zhejiang Province, China

Kris Lin Interior Design KLID, China
Secret Garden, China

Make Architects, UK
Harrods Superbrands Hall, London, UK

Montalba Architects, USA
Raquel Allegra, Los Angeles, USA

Studio Munge, Canada
Borracha, Las Vegas, USA

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