Designer Destination: Four Seasons New York Downtown
The holidays are always special in NYC, and the recent unveiling of the Four Seasons New York Downtown in lower Manhattan (just a block from the new World Trade Center) by Canadian firm Yabu Pushelberg makes the city even more of a draw. Designed by architect Robert A. M. Stern, the new, 82-story skyscraper is part of the hybrid hotel trend: residences occupy floors 24-82. Click through to see inside the luxurious, layered space, rich with modern sophistication.
The thrust of the design is more private residence rather than anonymous hotel suite, so visitors can imagine they are nestled within their own Manhattan perch and savor the views from the balcony.
Wood walls and woven metal screens with brushed bronze accents add understated luxury to the lobby. Materials used in the interiors include warm walnut, textural fabrics, and a recurring high-impact Italian Alexis Wave marble (seen cladding the columns) in the lobby, spa and the pool.
Fumed walnut walls, furniture from Toronto retailer Avenue Road, and a stacked metal sculpture by Bruno Billio create warmth. Honed cream-colored travertine underfoot is a soft complement to dark, wood millwork and brushed bronze.
Powder-blue linen drapes, cerused oak walls, and bronze furniture impart sleek refinement to the guest rooms. Lush pinch-pleat drapes are a soft touch, but who would want to cover up that quintessential New York view? A living space with sofa, leather chair and multi-use table can become a comfortable workspace, a casual dining area, or a cozy spot to curl up with a book or movie.
The beds are dressed in white linens beneath a pale headboard, framed by full-height panelling. One bedside table is topped by a bronze lamp, while the other is lit by a wall sconce for a more homey feel. Each room has a free-standing pantry and minibar to match the desk and nightstands.
The focal point of the bathrooms are elliptical, free-standing Apaiser tubs. There is a medley of pattern in neutral tones: large match-booked tiles on the floor, a mosaic wall tile and a continuous slab atop the custom vanity. The entire wall above the vanity is mirrored, overlaid with a brushed bronze-frame.
The reception desk at the spa features slabs of Alexis Wave marble with dramatic veining. A collection of sculptural busts are displayed on niches for a gallery-like effect that’s a sly wink to facials and the other treatments performed within the spa.
In the 75-foot lap pool on the third floor, Alexis Wave stone-clad columns, wood screens and a custom scratched plaster wall-finish add to the soothing tranquility of the space. White Tay wood walls, and a combination of charcoal-colored European oak and travertine floors define the various zones.
A Korean paper sculpture by artist Kyung Jeon anchors the spa relaxation area with a custom-designed Tai Ping carpet and Gervasoni furniture.