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Shhh. There’s a new hotel – or hotel chain – gearing up to hit Manhattan, but it’s preparing under the radar. Why? Our best guess is that they don’t want any riff raff hearing about it.
Or any raff, at least. Riff is just fine – fitting, in fact. Because the chain will be called Riff Hotels, and the first property – opening next month – will be Riff Chelsea, a “musically-inspired” 44-room hotel at W30th St and 8th Avenue.
The creative theme is in its genes – formerly the Chelsea Star (indeed still the Chelsea Star for now – it’s remaining open, while being converted room by room, and will be officially rebranded in August), it was a pulling point for artists in the 1980s. Madonna stayed here, and
the hotel rumor has it that Lucky Star was inspired by the hotel.
The Chelsea Star looks pretty non-descript right now, but as the Riff, the hotel will be channeling the 80s: the lobby will house pictures of early New York Madonna by Richard Corman, there’ll be a performance space curated by artist collective Chashama, and rooms will be “retro-contemporary”, designed by Steed Hale, who worked on Studio 54. We don’t have pictures or even renderings yet, but you’ll need sunglasses at the ready if they’re anything like the hotel is promising:
Bold colors and eye-catching graphics will make every guest room different, with pop-art photography, edgy graphics, and bold, buzzy Jonathan Adler wallpaper.
Whether or not you are a fan of Top Design, you've probably heard designer/potter Jonathan Adler's name around town lately. Known for his mod pots and long-time Barneys beau (now husband, since they married in California before Prop 8) Simon Doonan, Jonathan represents a certain type of lifestyle, one filled with quirky design elements, beautiful people and crazy patterns.
Designers--interior and fashion alike--just can't stop whoring themselves out to corporate conglomerates. The latest take on the "designer for company" trend comes by way of potter/ interior decorator Jonathan Adler (of Parker Palm Springs fame), who's teaming up with W Hotels this season for the "Fall Into Design" package.
What's so great about this deal you ask? Well, the fact that the package is being offered at most US W properties through December 23 means the complimentary Adler ceramic vase, candle, and subscription to Surface magazine make great last-minute Christmas gifts for your less worthy friends. Those who deserve a little more this holiday season may reap the benefits of a present purchased using the 10% discount card at Jonathan Adler stores or online.
If you don't think this package is for you, note that by our accounts the "stylish price" is pretty much the same as weekend rack rates. So enjoy the freebies, even if it's only for the re-gifting factor.