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February 8, 2018
Text: Jesse Dorris
Savvy Studio Paints a Portrait of a Neighborhood at Brooklyn’s Gowanus Inn and Yard
Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood has long been a hub for artists drawn to the open plans and natural light of warehouse lofts dotting the banks of the titular canal. While the district is changing at lightning speed, the relationship between art and architecture continues, notably in the Gowanus Inn and Yard.
Savvy Studio took inspiration from a painting—a 1950’s portrait of a middle-class family by Robert Bechtle—for the 12,000-square-foot hotel’s concept, translating his sunny palette into optimistic colors dabbed onto neutral concrete walls and ceilings.
In the 76 rooms, the hardwood ceiling and floors and custom built-in beds and bookcases pay tribute to the old warehouses. “The idea is to constantly keep the guest feeling in the neighborhood with a design that is authentic, simple, and real,” says Savvy founder and creative director Rafael Prieto. And, in a nod to the area’s burgeoning gallery scene, the firm filled every inch with their own works of art: custom sectionals, arm chairs, tables, and chandeliers.