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The Hermitage – The Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn, New York

I have a real soft spot for warehouse style conversions, so it was with complete joy that I discovered this rough diamond.

The Wythe Hotel is located on the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn, New York. This historic textiles factory was converted into a boutique 70 room hotel by Morris Adjmi Architects, opening it’s doors to the public in 2012.

The design cleverly incorporates the history of the building but elevates it to an arty, hipster glam. The exposed brick walls and original timber ceilings have been retained and complemented by the addition of polished concrete, cork and brown leather sofas. Local craftsman Dave Hollier of DHWWD was commissioned to create furniture, such as the beds and desks, from the wood salvaged during the renovation of the original factory.

The hotel has a definite arty feel. Old pieces of machinery remain in the hotel like Duchamp sculptures alongside commissioned artworks by Duke Riley, ESPO and Tom Fruin. How cool is the Hotel sign by Tom Fruin? It hangs dramatically at the entrance but seems to fits perfectly into this industrial setting, repurposed street signs form each letter adding specks of colour before it has even been switched on. I am totally in love with artist ESPOs painted works of retro Brooklyn labels, they cover the walls of the adjacent building so views through the hotel windows feel authentic, industrial and decidedly local.

The new extension adds space for some amazing lofts and a rooftop bar, all of which share a seriously spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline. über cool without being pretentious, now that’s my kinda place!

The Hermitage – The Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn, New York

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  1. yvette mundell #

    I love seeing old factories refurbished. Just beautiful.

    June 19, 2013

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