Spanish Modern Design: SALON at Tribeca Grand Hotel

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fullspace The SALON lounge at Tribeca Grand Hotel was birthed from a simple desire to bring much deserved attention to modern Spanish design and architecture. SALON was the collaborative effort of Winka Dubbeldam principal at Archi-Tectonics, Richard Klein of Surface magazine, RED (represents Spanish design companies) and the Spanish Trade Commission. SALON lounge and bar, debuting during New York Design Week last May, now serves as a permanent exhibit showcasing furniture, lighting, rugs, and decor from 16 of Spain’s top designers.

Winka’s vision for SALON was to create an atmosphere of mystique and allure. Her goal was to design an interior environment that could seamlessly transform from light-filled meeting room by day, to a thriving social venue by night.

She explains that her design, “approach was to create an environment that speaks to Spanish modern imagedesign, drawing from the country’s deep-rooted history.”  In part, her homage to Spanish cultural history includes a sophisticated nod to surreal artist Salvador Dali in the form of Dali Lip sofas (Note: Dali created an “object portrait” of Mae West-known as the Mae West room- using custom designed furniture, and the voluptuous red lip sofa was his interpretation of West’s pout) .

Richard explains that, “For the large part, Spanish design has remained ‘under the radar’ historically speaking, Our vision for SALON is to tell the story of these creative individuals and companies, who don’t usually have the level of exposure stateside, that say Italian design does. The result is a permanent, three-dimensional environment, that will bring their work to life.” And as you can see from these photos, the design of SALON captures and communicates the essence of Spanish modern design in a vibrant global setting.

image Design Notes: Pair of Dali’s Lip sofas by BD Barcelona; Colorful rugs by Nani Marquina; Red link suspension lights designed by Ray Power for LZF Lamps.

fullviewDesign Notes: Winka employed a sultry, sophisticated color palette that evokes the rich cultural influence of Spanish art and design, consisting of purples, olive, green, matte black, gold and low sheen metals. Winka chose this color recipe “to create mood and drama. By day, the colors and textures are more apparent, where as by night, the lighting shifts the space and infuses it with more seduction and dynamism.” ( Chair on right designed by Jaime Hayon.)

barDesign Notes: BD Barcelona’s Showtime Multi-leg Cabinet; Black Mercer suspension lights designed by Joan Gaspar and Javier M. Borras for Marset; LLadro Naturofantastic Figurines and Candleholders by various Spanish designers; Tres Tintas Madagascar wallpaper; in nook- Lladro’s black Rococo style mirror; and Glass Nim wall lights by Arturo Alvarez (mounted on Tres Tintas wallpapered wall).detailDesign Notes: Lladro Sculptural Vases and figurines designed by various Spanish designers and artists, including Jaime Hayon’s ‘The Lover II’ (on right: from his Fantasy Collection: ).bar2  Design Notes: Plum-colored leather Camelot chairs designed by Eduard Climent for Koo International.loungesofaDesign Notes: Silver Lurex mesh curtains by Naturex; Arik Levy mirrors; Santa & Cole Tripode lamps for Nani Marquina; LLadro’s Naturofantastic vase; Organically shaped Levitt modular seating designed by Roberto & Ludovica Palomba for Viccarbe; Yoshi round sidetable, and Plat coffee table from Kendo Mobiliario; and geometrically shaped mirrors Corbina from Inbani.

image Design Notes: Seating by Sancal; LLadro vases; and Marset’s Standing lights.

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    Tribeca Grand Hotel Information:  SALON is located at The Tribeca Grand Hotel, 2 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013-2401. For further information, please contact Tribeca Grand Hotel, (212) 965-2080 or visit Tribeca Grand Hotel.