Creatives have long since fled Midtown Manhattan, now a sanitized sea of corporate high-rises and big-name businesses, for New York's grittier downtown neighborhoods and outer boroughs. But it wasn’t always this way: in a quaint brick building on East 40th Street, luminaries like John Steinbeck, Thomas Mann, and F. Scott Fitzgerald lived and created, producing some of their most inspired work just steps from Grand Central Terminal.
This week, that building reopens as The Renwick, a 173-room hotel whose interiors draw on its own rich history. New York-based architecture and interior design firm Stonehill & Taylor (you kight know their work from the Refinery Hotel, the Ace, and the Paramount’s Diamond Horseshoe) was tapped to envision the interiors. The result? A whimsical world of art that pays homage to past residents and the building’s former life as a studio space. “We wanted each object to channel more of an artist’s residence than a hotel,” says Mike Suomi, the firm’s Principal and VP of Design. “Everything harkens back to the era of what was going on in the art world at that time, which was emerging modernism. We wanted to recall the artistry of the 1920s, but filter it through a modern lens.”
Thanks to the firm’s keen artistic eye and commissioned local artists, every turn at The Renwick reveals details that both delight and engage. Onward, for the most inspiring elements.