Interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon on updating The Waldorf Astoria New York

Published: 24 June 2020 - 5:07 p.m.
By: Jane O'Neill

New York’s ‘Unofficial Palace' with its Art Deco interiors, the The Waldorf Astoria New York has always been known for hosting the world's most influential people from Queen Elizabeth to Grace Kelly.

Now there's the chance to invest in a slice of the Big Apple's history, as the iconic hotel is being rennovated to launch brand new luxury residences, The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria.

Burj Khalifa architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and developer Dajia Insurance Group are tasked with maintaining the building's Art Deco design and heritage, while bringing it into the 21st century.

The full block building will include 375 condominium residences and the 375-key Waldorf Astoria New York hotel.

Pierre-Yves Rochon is spearheading the design of the luxurious hotel interiors of Waldorf Astoria New York, creating a contemporary experience for guests and residents, while respecting and celebrating its signature Art Deco heritage.

He's updated the public spaces with contemporary furnishings and finishes blend seamlessly with restored materials, creating a continuity between the past and present life of the hotel.

“The Waldorf’s beautiful architectural character from the American 1930’s is the perfect mix of classic and modern, and the ideal setting for a timeless luxury hotel,” says Rochon. “The Waldorf Astoria has always had a special place in my heart, and working with this team to respect the history of the space while bringing it to a new era has been a dream come true.”

Residential interiors are in the hands of designer Jean-Louis Deniot, whose custom creations for The Towers include solid custom-paneled interior doors with bespoke antique bronze hardware, custom cabinets manufactured by Molteni&C in Italy, vanities with polished marble countertops, custom forged polished nickel fixtures, and tile mosaics featuring a Waldorf Astoria-inspired pattern, done in a modern style with a nod to French Art Deco.

The property is set to welcome residents and guests in 2022.

Closer to home, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah is open again, promising cleanliness standards in line with Hilton’s recent worldwide initiative, Hilton CleanStay.

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