A new book extolling the design trend of the past several years–a recreated, embellished vintage look incorporating brick, iron, wood, velvet, and fur–at last christens a genre of interior design seen from New York to Paris. Dark Nostalgia, by Eva Hagberg for The Monacelli Press, presents 26 projects that play upon the theme: a modern interpretation of an idealized past.
Gramercy Park Hotel by Julian Schnabel: Curved shapes appear in the jade bar, cut into a grainy wood wall; fringe on deep blue stools introduces a sense of whimsy and history. (Photo by Dean Kaufman.)
The Dark Nostalgia aesthetic is moody, cozy, and textured, a model that translates as well to smaller, lower-profile establishments as it does to the ones featured in Hagberg’s book. The ambiance of nostalgia is especially nascent in small hotels, such as these picks from this weekend’s issue of T: New York Times Style.
The Rough Luxe hotel is jammed in a row of petite Georgian townhouses near St. Pancras station in London. Renovated last year by designer Rabih Hage, aging layers of wallpaper and paint were peeled off to leave an artsy, ramshackle collage of handpainted mosaic wallpaper and plaster. No two rooms in the nine-room hotel are alike. The hotel sourced the furniture from local flea markets and the castoffs of the Savoy Hotel.
The latest outpost of the Seattle-based hipster hotel chain The Ace hit Manhattan this spring, bringing its woolen comfort to Manhattan’s Flatiron district. Retro lamps and vintage tiles outfit the lobby, while Smeg refrigerators, record players, and reclaimed wood grace the snug hotel rooms that come off as melange between a band practice space and a private club.
Also in Manhattan is the recently opened The Jane, a former YMCA and SRO in the West Village that has been the subject of a glam-yet-gritty makeover from downtown hoteliers Sean MacPherson and Eric Goode. The cabin-like rooms, which once housed sailors, maintain their tiny footprints. No bigger than a bunkroom and lacking a private bathroom, each cubby-size room is wood-paneled and sports jaunty nautical blankets.
And what could be more overtly retro-Americana than a vintage Airstream trailer turned hotel room? Marfa, the cutting-edge contemporary art playground in the namesake west Texas town, 57 miles north of the Mexican border, will get a new hotel concept this fall with the opening of El Cosmico, a small campground with five renovated private trailers.