As the lines between design disciplines are increasingly blurred, furniture design gallery owner Ralph Pucci becomes the latest entrant into the hotel design category.
Through an exclusive deal with LXR Luxury Resorts & Hotels, the Georgetown Inn will undergo a transformation and debut as the new 96-room Hotel Ralph Pucci in Fall 2007, a unique collaboration between Pucci and highly respected furniture, lighting, and rug designers, as well as noted photographers.
Architect/designers Pilar Proffitt and Robert Bristow, the husband-and-wife team behind Norfolk, Connecticut-based firm Poesis, will bring Pucci's broad design concept to life, designing the facade lobby, restaurant, guestrooms, and baths, and furnishings these spaces as well as one floor of guestrooms.
Pucci has also selected five of his artists - Bristow, Jens Risom, Patrick Naggar, Paul Mathieu, and Christophe Delcourt - to furnish each of the guestrooms floors. 'There will be a sense of comfort - a casual, relaxed, and modern attitude giving the opportunity to experience five different lifestyles by five different designers,' says Pucci. each floor will feature different color palettes, anchored by lighting by Divid Weeks; rugs by Madeline Weinrib; and photography by Paul Solberg, Antoine Bootz, Gail Leboff, fashion photographer Diego Uchitel, and Christopher Makos, a protege of the late Andy Warhol.
'The environment will be elegant and sophisticated, but not pretentious for the traveler who enjoys to learn and experience 'the new and the next,' yet nott too-trendy,' says Pucci. '(the furniture) will be made by the same craftsman who make the furinture for the PUCCI NY and LA galleries.'
Pucci will also collaborate with menswear designer TOMER to design hotel uniforms, inspired by 1950s jazz artists.