Since 2017, New York’s iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel has been closed for renovation, but when the Art Deco landmark reopens in 2022, fortunate folks will be able to check-in permanently. Following a scrupulous restoration of its landmarked interior and exterior by architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon and residential interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot, the 1931 hotel has been partially converted into condominiums, taking a page out of the book of another historic New York icon, the Plaza Hotel.
Inspired by the classic grandeur of the hotel, the acclaimed international designer Jean-Louis Deniot created residences that balance modern comfort with the opulence of “Art Deco”, combining the old with the current, the European with the American and the spacious with the intimate.
Each residence pays homage to the scale and beauty of the original architecture – establishing a perfect balance between aesthetic and practical considerations – with windows that reproduce the original design of the building and that flood the rooms with dynamic views of the New York cityscape.
The kitchens have wooden cabinets and a lacquered finish, custom-designed by Jean-Louis Deniot Gaggenau’s high-end German appliances. The elegant main bathrooms feature heated floors, vertical showers and custom Italian furniture.
Jean-Louis Deniot considered every detail of the bright, modern residences. “I wanted the backdrop to be as captivating as possible, without being overpowering,” Deniot says. Handcrafted finishes, natural materials, and subtle Art Deco references, such as bronze accents, bring a sense of history to gracious contemporary spaces.
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“I really enjoy handcraft and the amazing finishes and textures that our artisans can achieve. That’s what creates the magic.” – Jean-Louis Deniot
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The scale and beauty of the original architecture of “art déco” style, with its different finishes and balcony balconies, coexist in perfect harmony with the contemporary design – combining the old with the current, the cosmopolite with the American amateur.
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