In the last seven years, Jason led the design of four boutique hotels—two of which were under construction when the development company imploded.
if there is a bright side, it’s jason’s collection of watercolors from the design process—painting his way through the creation of these beguiling hotels. what follows is a selection of jason’s paintings and drawings for a 19-story hotel near bryant park, the renovation of a hotel in new yorks’ seaport, and two miami beach hotels.
BRYANT PARK SCANDInavian-BAROQUE
The Lobby -Modern takes on classic furnishings add levity to what would have been one of the great interior spaces of New York City. Blending the monumentality of Michelangelo’s Medici Chapel with the charm of Oxford’s Codrington Library the otherwise narrow hall manages to expand beyond its footprint, spanning the entire width of the property with opposing fireplaces and grisaille wall panels.
The crowning glory (literally) of this new 19-story hotel was this roof terrace portico beneath a water tower lantern.
The Bar - I know I designed it, but I’d drink here.
The Dining Room - Floating plaster vaults make way for skylights lighting impressionistic wall murals and Soane inspired detailing.
Jason’s furniture collection for the hotel drew inspiration from Gustavian antiques and mid-century Danish pieces, weaving a little whimsy into what is typically a very cramped Manhattan suite.
Un-lacquer the existing brass chandeliers, panel the walls and fill the New York Harbor facing lobby with the most curious colonial furniture you can find… and those Best Western ghosts float away. Whale bones, a Washington portrait or two and some repurposed cleats used to tie up cruise ships drive the location home.
The Captain’s Suite -It was critical that Jason created a suite of American furniture that didn’t feel like your Grandma’s. The investors made that clear when their jaws dropped at the mention of Colonial. Flip top tables with dipped Windsor-legs in white oak set the tone. The black cannonball bed, raw brass lamps and custom monochrome patterned textiles made it clear this was a new kind of colonial.
miami beach fixer-upper
Style for days, most of this Miami Modern lobby was still intact under the 90’s Howard Johnson renovation. All it needed was a little nip and tuck—
A little spit shine is all this forgotten Miami Modern classic on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach needed… they tore it down instead.
Oceanfront -Wrap the original Miami Modern shaped pool with a wood terrace, import the entire garden store thats centered around a colonnade of palms and this aging beauty will look like a teenager again. Except for the hands—the hands always give it away.
SOUTH BEACH GREEK
A Villa Kerylos inspired oasis in South Beach, complete with roof pool terrace, dining garden and impluvium roofed lobby made perfect sense to me. The Planning & Zoning Department loved it, but rejected the design, complaining it wasn’t modern enough. Apparently people would be confused that it wasn’t old. I moved out of Florida for a reason.
Nods to Greek antiquities, teak windows, and an architectural vocabulary that screamed fantasy arguably fits into what the original developers of Miami Beach set out to do.
If there is a conciliation prize to all of this, it’s the Greenwich Village hotel that Atelier & Co. designed on West 13th Street, currently the Walker Hotel Greenwich Village. Brought in AFTER the construction had started, Atelier & Co. managed to make this new building part of the historic fabric of the neighborhood. We also won a Stanford White Award for it!