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Art Deco Design Making a Comeback in Luxury Hotels.
By Melanie Nayer ~ Weekly Exclusive - Views On The Latest Trends
Wednesday, 20th March 2013
 
Exclusive Feature: It's not hard to conjure images of the famed Art Deco Age - men in top hats, women with parasols, beaded dresses and silk suits.

With Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" hitting theaters this May, Art Deco is even more prevalent than ever, especially among luxury hotels and retailers.

Tiffany's & Co. recently released their Art Deco-inspired Great Gatsby Collection and Gucci models took to the runway with some of the iconic Art Deco beaded dresses at recent fashion shows. 

Now, hotels with an Art Deco heritage and new hotels with a glamorous edge are boosting their designs, catering to a more playful, but alluring edge.

If you're in the mood for some Art Deco decor, check out a few of the following hotels:

The Chatwal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, New York: The recently opened Chatwal's design recreates the style of 1930's Gotham.  The Landmark Stanford White-designed building was originally opened as the clubhouse for the famous Lambs, America's first professional theater club.

The hotel was restored and modernized by Master Architect and Designer Thierry Despont, who added nods to the Art Deco age in the hotel's lobby. The bar's unique hanging Empire State Building lights is a favorite among guests and visitors.

4Hoteliers Image LibraryClaridge's, London (right): A London icon, Claridge's was one of the very first hotels to open with an Art Deco interior. The black and white marble floor in the lobby is just the beginning of the stunning Art Deco design.

Note the revolving door with swag details, engraved glass screens and hand engraved mirrors throughout the hotel. Claridge's recently launched The Charleston Masterclass, a monthly dance lesson in partnership with The Bees Knees, that teaches students the dances of the Roaring Twenties, including the Charleston, the Black Bottom and Ha Cha Na.

To get guests in the mood, the hotel hands out sequined headbands, strings of pearls and satin elbow-length gloves, and afterwards treats dancers to a ‘flapper' cocktail in the bar.

The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, Miami: One of the newest hotels in Miami, the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort features a modern design by Yabu Pushelberg that pulls from Miami's iconic Art Deco allure.

From the hotel entrance hall's dramatic mirrored "bracelet" motifs to dramatic crystal chandeliers and dark marble floors, the St. Regis Harbour Resort exudes sexy and chic, while playing into the Art Deco influences of its surroundings.

What's your favorite hotel design?

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Melanie Nayer is a hotel reviewer and expert on luxury travel around the world. She has covered all aspects of hotels including corporate restructures, re-branding initiatives, historical aspects and the best of the best in luxury hotels around the world.

Melanie writes a weekly exclusive column for 4Hoteliers.com
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