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Dream Downtown GuestHouse, New York

(April 2015) posted on Fri May 08, 2015

Josh Held creates a swanky, celeb-inspired look for the master bedroom within the hotel's penthouse suite.


By Christina Green

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The $1 million makeover of the GuestHouse atop the Dream Downtown hotel involved creating “the fantasy penthouse of James Bond, Batman and Rihanna all in one,” says Josh Held, founder and president of the design firm bearing his name. That celeb-inspired aesthetic saturates the 2,500-sq.-ft. space, including the master bedroom shown here. Nodding to the hotel’s signature porthole exterior, four headboard portals offer a one-way view from the multi-spray shower behind, while the diamond-patterned bed cover and area rug add a touch of softness to the modern, maximalist space. “The entire GuestHouse was designed around entertaining, and the bedroom and master bath continue the adventure,” says Held.

GuestHouse Master Bedroom
(The master bedroom at the GuestHouse atop the Dream Downtown hotel. Photo: Edward Menashy)

A few of the space’s noteworthy design elements include:

Holey Accents: Headboard Wall
Designer Josh Held creates "a luscious, voyeuristic discovery moment" by perforating a leather headboard wall with brass portals fitted with one-way mirrors that make way for a sneak peek from the wet room behind.

Brass Details: Bathroom Sinks
Brass vessel sinks add a gleam of heavy metal impact to the clean-lined marble and brass vanity.

Woodn’t Know It: Flooring
A simulated woodgrain floor provides durability superior to natural wood while complementing the oak ceiling and wall millwork, says Held.

Playfully Perched: Bedside Table
Chosen for its unique design, the bedside table features a bird-like foot and off-center leg, playing up the room’s fantasy vibe.

Gold Lining: Ceiling Trim
A black-oil tint lends a smoky gray hue to the ceiling’s irregular-length oak boards. The trim pattern has been abstracted with gold leaf, which varies in brightness and luster depending on the angle of the light and time of day.

Branching Brass: Chandelier
Further reinforcing Held's dream narrative, an asymmetrical custom-crafted brass chandelier branches
out overhead.

Aye Aye, Captain: Desk Chair
The captain’s chair is crafted from oak and brushed aluminum. “The materials and swooping back fit right into our story,” says Held.

Rugged Transition: Area Rug
A diamond-patterned gray rug offers a visual transition from the plush California King bed coverings to the wood and stone surfaces throughout the rest of the room.

Project Participants
Owner: Hampshire Hotels Management
Operator: Début Hotel Group
Design: Josh Held Design: Josh Held, founder and president; Carlita Alexander, interior design director
Architect: Robert Mallia, Hampshire Hotels Management
General Contractor: C&A Seneca Construction
Purchasing Company: Dream Downtown
Audio/Visual: Anthem Productions
Bath Fixtures: Elite Forge Intl.
Bed Coverings/Linens: Elegant Linen Corp.
Casegoods: Andrew Grossman
Fabrics: Demar Leather Co.; Romo
Floor Coverings/Materials: Porcelanosa
Furniture: Custom by W
Lighting: Sapphire Chandelier; Circa Lighting
Mirrors: Elite Forge Intl.
Napery: Bramson House
Seating: Restoration Hardware
Tables: Organic Modernism
Wallcoverings/Materials: Arte; New Jersey Tile and Stone
Washstand: Elite Forge Intl.

To view the Design Deconstructed spread of this space created by BD art director, Kelly Farrar, view the April 2015 edition of Boutique Design.


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