Tag: Art Deco

The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel

Staying at the splendid Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, in Winston-Salem, at the recent ASID Carolinas Chapter Fall Conference was a designer’s dream.  The former headquarters of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company has been transformed into a boutique hotel and luxury apartments. Completed in 1929, the original Art Deco structure was designed by Shreve & Lamb who went on to design the Empire State Building in New York City.  the-kimpton-cardinal-hotel-winston-salem














The team for the adaptation of the Reynolds Building into a hotel and apartments, included Gensler, Theresa Fatino Design, crème, and Ohm Lighting.

The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel Lobby


An architectural inspiration for the Empire State Building, the building’s original gold-leaf ceilings and lavish brass and marble work have been preserved.   In 2014, the building was approved for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places and every year the staff of the Empire State Building sends a Father’s Day card to the staff at the Reynolds Building in Winston-Salem to pay homage to its role as predecessor to the Empire State Building.

The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel elevator lobby

A mix of textiles and colors in the “Living Room” of the Kimpton Cardinal hotel creates a lively spot to enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.


kimpton-cardinal-hotel-living-roomAn adult slide in the basement recreation area adds to the sense of whimsy found through out the property.











Guest rooms are spacious and well appointed


Best of all the Kimpton Caridnal Hotel accommodates furry guests as well.the-kimpton-cardinal-hotel-dog-welcome

















Mr. H says: Buildings, too, are children of the earth and sun-Enjoy!

Design School: Art Deco

The Chrysler Building in New York City is one of the most recognizable Art Deco building in the United States.  Distinctive elements include the horizontal black-and-white stripes between floors, the geometric decoration, the streamlined eagle heads and the radiator caps with wings The interior is the ultimate in luxury with inlaid woods, exotic marbles, ceiling frescoes.

The Chrysler Building

The taller Empire State Building’s lobby is another Art Deco landmark in New York City

Empire State Building lobby

Elements you will find in an Art Deco interior include inlaid woods, lacquered furniture, mirrors, crystal, chrome, Egyptian motifs and zebra rugs.

Art Deco Interiors

A glamorous Art Deco bathroom

Art Deco Vitrolite Bathroom
Image credit: Antique Home Style

Once a Tudor royal residence, Eltham Palace was transformed into a striking Art Deco mansion by eccentric millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld in the 1930s.

Eltham Palace Art Deco

Some current Art Deco design elements

Fabric from Duralee

Duralee Modern Fabric

Bradbury wallpaper

Art Deco wallpaper

Zebra motif area rug

Brownstone Furniture’s Mercer Collection imparts a sense of Art Deco style

Brownstone Furniture Art Deco

Mr. H says: In troubled times we should look to the optimism of the Art Deco movement-Enjoy!