Exclusive: Tour Nate Berkus's Luxurious New Hotel Design
We can’t all afford to have our homes designed by the illustrious interior designer and author Nate Berkus, but now we can live the charmed life—for a weekend at least. Chicago- and New York-based Nate Berkus Associates was recently tapped by Loews Hotels chairman Jon Tisch to design a signature suite for the Loews Regency Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, which just reopened after a year-long, $100 million renovation. Berkus’ suite, along with others designed by Meyer Davis, Haynes Roberts, and Rottet Studio, has a distinct design aesthetic and sense of character, overcoming the sense of sameness you often find at hotels.
Today Berkus is giving us an exclusive look into his spacious 1,000-square-foot suite, which includes a formal living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, and balcony—and an optional connecting bedroom for families and guests. We sat down with the designer and design director Sasha Adler to hear all about how the pretty space came together. Read on and don’t miss a detail!
DOMAINE: How does designing a hotel suite for you differ from designing a residential space?
NATE BERKUS: The number one thing I do is travel… for work, for pleasure, I travel a lot. My whole design staff does. And we stay in a lot of hotels. So we have a very good sense of what works and what doesn't. Of course, when you're designing a hotel suite, you can't know every person who will stay there. Instead, you design to the property… you're directed by its philosophy, what's around it, what kind of guest experience they want to create. The Loews Regency is steeped in so much history, and it's so quintessentially New York. So that was what we designed to.
D: How would you describe the overall aesthetic of your suite?
NB: Our suite is the only one in the hotel with a dining room. That makes it really special, and informed so much of what we worked to create. We wanted it to feel like you were stepping into a home. That was really important. So, the suite has things like sand-blasted oak flooring, patinated metals, and a curated gallery wall. From the accessories on the side table to the art on the wall, every detail was thought out and deliberate.
D: What inspired the look?
NB: The Loews Regency is one of the most storied hotels in New York. It was hard to ignore that. And being right on Park Avenue, there's so much energy there, so much elegance. All of that came together to inspire the design.
D: We often see the colour green in your work. What draws you to it?
NB: I always tend to reach for neutrals… black, white, grays, and greens. Green can be on the bolder side, but to great effect. It feels important and works so well when you layer in metallics, brass, woven materials, and all those kinds of things.
D: What's the biggest mistake that you see in hotel design and what did you do to avoid it?
NB: The challenge in hotel design is always to make sure it's not too generic or staid. It's all about the unexpected details in the materials you use, the art on the walls, and the accessories. You want to walk through the door and feel like you are stepping into an old friend's very chic home—one you're in no hurry to leave.
D: And lastly, what beautiful paint colour did you use in the dining room? We love it!
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