And that’s just the lobby foyer. Throughout the hotel, Wong and curator Chip Tom highlight 13 emerging and international artists in a unique hotel art program that Wong says reflects the “era of inclusivity” ushered in by the Obama administration — whose HQ, as you might recall, sits conveniently across the street from the W. Pieces include Egyptian artist Sherin Guirguis’s delicate latticework on the lower level, Japanese chi master Yoshio’s abstract sumi ink landscapes, Timothy Tompkins’ painting of a nebula on aluminum in the roof bar, and Andy Taylor’s diamond and magnesium dust paintings in the suites.
“We wanted to be very inclusive with our art program,” Wong says. “We wanted to create a collection of emerging young artists from all around the world. Our art choices reflect a duality between masculine and feminine, baroque and beauty. The idea was to bring diverse voices together, international and across many cultures, ethnicities, and genders.”
Of course, the art program is just one small part of Wong's interior design work for the W. Stay tuned for more details on the rest of the hotel as we prepare for the hotel's soft opening next Wednesday (!).
Photo by Eric Raptosh