The Lobby Bar
The lobby bar of the Chatwal hotel is an inviting yet sophisticated space. Despont wanted to create a sense of warmth and exclusivity to this little bar at the end of the lobby. He was able to achieve this by adding warm yellow light that instantly softens the space and makes you want to cozy up and stay a while. I imagine this as a place to wear your fur coat (faux, of course) and grab a cocktail before/after a night at the theater OR perhaps a place to conduct some very top secret business.
The Lamb's Club bar overlooks the main lobby below. Despont wanted the lobby below to be open to the spaces above so that people could feel that they were in a place where things were happening. With the fall of the heavy red drapes on the window, the red chairs, and the giant mirror as a backdrop for it all, the bar is elegant and dramatic. I love the little lights under the bar - reminiscent of lights illuminating skyscraper windows.
The Lamb's Club Restaurant
The red and black colors that Despont chose for the booths, chairs and walls just scream "club." Not a dancing club, but a hip joint you might find yourself in with all of your red-lipstick wearing girlfriends and vest-wearing manfriends in the Deco era. The Chatwal's restaurant just may be my favorite room. The touch of chrome on the chairs and lights room pay homage to the elements of Art Deco design. The chrome lights also have the classic "stacking" of the Art Deco era which is most notably recognized in skyscrapers, such as the Empire State Building.
Stanford White Studio
This studio has such great, rich style - from the beautiful oak paneled fireplace and beams to that amazing herringbone rug - I am in love. This room is just asking for you pick a book from those fabulous built-in bookshelves and snuggle in for the day.