Ralph Pucci best know for his collaborative and ecclectic range of furniture, sculpture, rugs, lighting, photography, illustrations and of course mannequins is to partake in a joint venture with LXR to transform the Georgetown Inn in Washington DC into the Hotel Ralph Pucci.
Each Floor will feature one of the Pucci furniture designers as well as one of the photographers. The presentations in teh rooms will ve pure - the designers will nto be mixed. the international design team is as follows: Jens Risom - "mid century modern", Patrick Naggar - "modern luxury", Paul Mathieu - "sculptural elegance", Christophe Delcourt - "tomorrows classics", Robert Bristow - "warm minimalism". David Weeks lighting will be throughout all the rooms.
Madeline Weinrib rugs "Climbers & Ramblers" will anchor the rooms in a different color palette per floor.The photographers - each having their own floor is as follows: Christopher makos (Andy Warhol prot Paul Solberg, Antoine Bootz, Gail Leboff and fashion photographer Diego Uchitel. All the photography is original, numbered and signed by the artist.
The hotel uniforms will be designed by young, up and coming men's wear designed TOMER (inspired by Jazz greats of the 50's). The lobby/gallery space will feature a rotating art show every 4 months. The photography can be for sale. the opening show will be the work of Roberto Dutesco. The "soundtrack" of teh hotel will be jazz featuring - Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker etc... In keeping with the Pucci philosophy of discovering "the new and teh next" the designers creating the hotel will be Pilar Proffitt and Robert Bristow. The hotel will be - elegant, modern and timeless.
Quality will be a central theme. all the furniture will be produced in the same workshops that produces the exquisite pieces on display at the Ralph Pucci NY and LA galleries.
Remodelling the existing hotels in Georgetown follows with LXR's strategy. LXR Luxury Resorts & Hotels in New York City, an affiliate of private investment firm The Blackstone group is looking to expand its portfolio of resorts throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico that feature well known, cutting edge designers.
"This partnership exemplifies LXR Luxury Resorts & Hotel's level of commitment to creating an alternative to traditional luxury hotel," said John Carns, general manager of Georgetown Inn and the Latham Hotel. He points out that many of today's upscale hotels are defined by ornate decor. "We are willing to think outside the box and turn our trust over to the people who really know design to create the alternative".