Located in the heart of Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood alongside the world’s best art galleries and New York’s famed High Line Park, Hôtel Americano is Grupo Habita’s first property in the US and part of an expanding collection that includes thirteen celebrated hotels throughout Mexico. Hôtel Americano reflects the spirit of Latin culture while encompassing a variety of international influences. The 10-story building, designed by award- winning Mexican architect Enrique Norten, is a glass structure encased in a metal mesh façade that captures the industrial feel of the surrounding neighborhood. Along the exterior, a glass-enclosed elevator shuttles guests between the street-level restaurant and rooftop terrace. The rooms, designed by French designer Arnaud Montigny known for his work at Parisian boutique Colette, suggest an urban ryokan with wooden platform beds, warm lighting and natural materials. Quality craftsmanship combined with midcentury design classics, custom amenities, and advanced technology provides guests a serene space in which to retreat from the bustle of city life outside.
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Continuing our commitment to design education, Collective 2 included a full complement of programming with special installations, curator-led tours and Collective Conversations featuring designers, gallerists, educators and cultural innovators exploring vital topics in the field of design.
Self Unself started with the 2013 Graduation at Design Academy Eindhoven. Says Eindhoven Creative Director Thomas Widdershoven: "Looking at the graduating students and their projects two words came to mind: self and unself. Our students are presenting self-initiated projects with an unselfish inclination. Many of their projects raise social issues and are geared towards the collective good." We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York and the Dutch Culture USA program in bringing Self Unself to Collective 2.
For Collective Focus: Scandinavia, guest curator Glenn Adamson, Director of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City, selectd work from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden on view among the fair's exhibitors. His spotlighting of thematic connections and points of difference between the selected pieces encouraged visitors to think about this influential design region in new ways.
Collective 2 also hosted a special program highlighting the collaborative relationship between interior designers and gallerists. As part of Collective Settings, exhibitors were invited to work with a designer of their choice to create domestic contexts that integrated the gallery's collectible design objects. Among the participants: Robert Couturier for Cristina Grajales; Jonathan Adler for Paul Donzella; David Mann for Maison Gerard; Alan Wanzenberg for 1950, Suchi Reddy for ammann//gallery and India Mahdavi for Carwan.
Collective 2 was proud to present a solo exhibition on Dutch designer Hella Jongerius. We welcomed guest curators Murray Moss and Franklin Getchell of MOSS BUREAU, who assembled an eclectic selection of work by the Berlin-based designer. Jongerius' workoften embodying whimsy and her sense of humorshows her exceptional ability to knit seemingly disparate and incongruous elements together to create a collective household. Each piece is a complete narrative unto itself, yet together the collection presents a broader story of the artist's idiosyncratic, playful perspective on design. The Hella Jongerius presentation was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program through the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.