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February 27, 2019
Text: Jesse Dorris
Champalimaud Design Brings Art Deco Drama to The Kent Condominium Tower in NYC
Alexandra Champalimaud is known for her audacious approach to hospitality, including such luxurious properties as Raffles Singapore, the Hotel Bel-Air, and the Plaza Hotel’s Legacy Suites. When New York City’s new Kent condominium tower came calling, she knew just what to do. “These spaces are a home and will be decades from now,” she says. “So, the design direction needs to feel rich and contemporary today, but also embody a sense of timeless for tomorrow. It certainly is not easy!”
Art Deco’s geometric legacy was a starting point, says Champalimaud Design partner, Winston Kong. “The slatted bleached teak walls in the pool, the book-matched marble in the locker room, each was instrumental in shaping the experience.” As was, of course, the use of opulent materials, including the lobby’s stained rosewood walls and flooring of French Vanilla marble with borders of Belgium Black, alicante, and rouge griotte. “The challenge,” notes Kong, “was to create a space that will resonate with current and future residents, and stay impactful five, ten, twenty years from now.” Odds are, the challenge was met.