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The mirror screen behind the bar
This is, of course, the hotel that has two delectable cats so it's no ordinary grande dame. Le Bristol has recently teamed up with the Piasa auction house, just down the road. From now until the end of the month, the giant mirror-slash-screen in Le Bar du Bristol will show SPIRIT: a showcase of modern works selected by Piasa’s Timothée Chaillou and artist and curator Mathieu Mercier.
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Hotels' approach to art is an endless source of interest and occasionally wide-eyed wonder for us. Lately we’re seeing a new pattern of hotel art emerging, the latest example coming from the Thompson Chicago.
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Whether before in New York, or now in London, the arrival of Savage Beauty, the Alexander McQueen exhibit, has been hard to miss, both for its rave reviews and the impossibility of getting tickets. The retrospective opened on March 14 at the Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington, and while “tickets still available” is listed on the website (in all caps, for that matter), as we write this we cannot even get the “buy online” page to load.
The answer to getting inside in the near future may involve a stay in a hotel, one where McQueen spent a lot of his time: Claridge’s. From now until May 17, the hotel has a “Savage Beauty at Claridge’s” package available, which gets you an overnight stay at the hotel and tickets to the exhibit. When you check in, there will be a bottle of champagne waiting for you, as well as a copy of the specially commissioned book “Alexander McQueen”.
Savage Beauty is the largest McQueen retrospective to date, bringing together over 200 pieces of his work. If you’re going the Claridge’s route, you’re looking at a starting price from £560 ($835) a night. A full price ticket – if you can get hold of one – is £16 ($24) per adult. We’ll just hit refresh on the booking page yet again…
[Savage Beauty photo via Claridge's: Duck feather dress - The Horn of Plenty, A/W 2009-10 - Alexander McQueen. Butterfly headdress of hand-painted turkey feathers - La Dame Bleue,S/S 2008 - Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen. Tulle and lace dress with veil and antlers - Widows of Culloden, A/W 2006–07- Alexander McQueen. Room photo: Claridge's]
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We are fans of cool hotel art, and even more so when it’s a contemporary and quirky installation on a historic hotel façade, like the one you see here displayed at the The Peninsula Hong Kong.
As part of the recent Art Basel Hong Kong, the hotel is playing host to a special prop from the 1969 movie, The Italian Job. A life-sized replica of the Harrington Legionnaire coach featured in the movie has been mounted on the parapet of the hotel’s seventh floor Sun Terrace. It looks like it’s precariously balancing off The Pen’s Grade I-listed heritage façade, and can be seen from as far as the Avenue of Stars harbour front promenade.
Collecting hotel room keys is legit obsession amongst frequent travelers and hotel nerds like ourselves. Even if the card is only stamped with a boring hotel logo, we still add it to the collection as a reminder of where we once stayed.
But now with Le Méridien Hotels new room keys, you may not want to just toss this one into the pile in your desk drawer. You may want to frame it instead.
That's because Le Méridien has partnered up with fine art photographer du jour, Gray Malin (he's been featured on the Today show and he's BFF with Lauren Conrad) for their new global art program.
Malin is largely known for his colorful, aerial shots of crowds and landscapes, particularly beach scenes from around the world (he's an avid traveler), which he takes from window and door-less helicopters. We actually own one of his aerial snaps of beachgoers at Bondi Beach in Sydney and we're constantly finding new things in the picture to admire.
But he's also done several photoshoots using kitschy balloons (pineapples, flamingos, Hawaiian shirts, big letters) set against serene backgrounds like the ocean and the desert. If you like bright, stand-out color, you will love his work. Also, he was all about black and white llamas before they made their escape yesterday.
And now, guests at Le Méridien can further connect with Malin's photographs, with the brand's new Follow Me program. Below are the details:
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Ever felt like taking a swim in the East River? Us neither, but that could change if the designers of the world’s first filtering floating pool can raise $15 million to build it. The latest exhibit at Ace Hotel New York has all the details - from design drawings to helping you contribute yourself.
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Hotel art: it’s sometimes expensive, usually exclusive, and normally kept well within the hallowed lobby walls.
Not so at the James New York, which has just unveiled a mural on its façade on Sixth Avenue. Created by Paul Wackers, a Brooklyn artist (below), and done in conjunction with the trendy Grey Area art boutique, “Slow Dance and the Daylight” is the first external artwork for any of the James properties.
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We may be waiting a while for the Hotel Chelsea to reopen – 2016 if the updated website is anything to go by, though the new logo still says 2015, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it took longer – but the spirit of the place has just returned to the Hotel Chelsea Storefront Gallery, with the opening of a Dee Dee Ramone exhibition.
Dee Dee, of course, was the author of Chelsea Horror Hotel: A Novel, a semi-autobiographical novel about the hotel. The exhibition has been curated by his estate; on display are Dee Dee’s records, clothes (leopard-print robe FTW) and, more importantly, art – paintings, drawings and cartoon strips. Although you may want to visit on an empty stomach; according to Newsweek:
First look at a Mod Pod
The doors are open and the photos are in of the Dean Dublin, which opened last week.
What we like:
· Rooftop restaurant Sophie’s, with its 360-degree views of Dublin and what appear to be olive trees growing inside;
· Deft touches like Smeg fridges and old-style telephones in the rooms;
· The colors and textures – deep blues and velvet sofa-style wraparound headboards in the tiny Mod Pod rooms – trendy yet chic;
· Wraparound windows and massive desks in the Hi-Fi rooms – perfect workstation or what;
· Local elements like trays of “Irish munchies” and Grafton Barber toiletries;
· The €250m worth of local art about the place, and the ability to purchase some of it.
What we don’t like:
In these trying times of hotels for millennials, it was with a heavy heart that we first learned about the arrival of a new Dublin hotel called The Dean. That must be geared towards Students or Graduates, right?
Luckily, wrong: The Dean is a new boutique hotel. Of course, millennials will like it, but it's not necessarily aimed at them. In fact, it's majoring in art - no fewer than 45 contemporary Irish artists, from typographers to fine artists, are currently lined up to take to the walls when it opens later this month.
Rooms follow the Soho House model of being honest about room size: Mod Pods are "small and cool" (they have mini SMEG fridges), Punk Bunks are the same size, only with bunk beds, and SupeRooms are the daddies - double the size, with Samsung Smart TVs, Netflix, rainforest showers, and Nespresso machines. Hi-Fis are bigger still, and come with a record player and "classic vinyl".
Fall is around the corner for London: the air is crisp and leaves have started to color. Sofitel St. James is using the change of seasons to make sure you eat your vegetables (better be healthy for when temperatures inevitably drop), drink some of them (because anything goes into cocktails these days) and while you’re at it, look at some outsized, shiny sculpture versions by French artist Patrick Laroche too.
Above is a shot from the hotel’s lobby off of Waterloo Place, around which you’ll find a number of Laroche’s art displayed as part of an exhibit called, as expected, “Vegetables”. Brightly colored and very shiny, they are at the hotel until the end of October.
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What to do on a weekend in London? Some might say, quite a lot. But in case you’re tired of
life what’s on offer in the capital, Brown’s Hotel has something else up its sleeve for you: an art tour.
Brown’s premise is that Mayfair’s solid gallery scene is being laid siege to by the all the posh shops and fashion brands moving in; so it’s introducing the tours to remind us what Mayfair should be about.
Each week, a different director from a participating gallery will whisk guests off and around the area, showing off their favorite shows and spaces – not just the obvious ones, but hidden galleries that open by appointment only in private offices.