6 Mistakes People Make When They Hire A Lobby Interior Designer

I have been a lobby interior designer for over thirty years. By any standard, I am likely the most experienced (or one of the most experienced) interior designer of condo and coop building lobbies in the New York City area. I’m aware of every single possible mistake that can be made when a building sets out to hire an interior designer for their lobby.

Simply put, I’ve seen it all. Most mistakes that people make when they hire a lobby interior designer are due to not getting enough of the right information right off the bat. These kinds of mistakes can result in stress for residents during construction, materials that don’t hold up to wear, and traffic patterns that make getting through a lobby more like running an obstacle course.

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5 Luxury Hotel Lobbies That I Love

 

During my travels around the world, I’ve had countless opportunities to experience some of the most fascinating examples of architecture and interior design. As an interior designer by trade, I’ve become particularly interested in luxury hotel lobby interior design — and how the composition of a lobby can make or break the visitor’s first impression.

 

From an elegant Massachusetts estate to a time machine in Florence, Italy, a few of them have really blown me away. So much so, that I can’t bear to keep them to myself!

Here Are 5 Luxury Hotel Lobbies That I Love

Hotel-Lobby-Design 1. Wheatleigh– Lenox, Massachusetts

This Italianate masterpiece was originally built as a wedding gift from father to daughter and has since transformed into one of the Leading Hotels of the World — featuring one of the finest dining rooms on the east coast. This estate has been scaled to perfection, with interiors filled with a combination of antiques and clean-lined contemporary furniture in lush neutral fabrics.

It’s breathtaking without being off-putting. I often daydream about living here, as the Berkshire mountain vista — coupled with the formal gardens — are heaven on earth for me.

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2. Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort – Maui, Hawaii

Wow! This place truly stimulates the five senses as soon as you walk through the front doors. Soaring ceilings with open views of the vast Pacific Ocean and beyond. Better yet, there is sand in the lobby as an extension of the gorgeous beach lying just a few strokes beyond. Very innovative. Very ethereal. Very sublime.

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3. Four Seasons– Florence, Italy

An absolute dream! But one that has been made real. Imagine walking through the bustling streets of Firenze—with its exuberant, expressive culture—and retiring for the evening in an equally engaging hotel that can best be described as a mythical palace. The architectural bones of this space are nothing short of a heart-throb—and are brought to perfection by exquisite tastes in furniture and floral arrangements. Staying here made me feel like a Contessa returning to my lavish Palazzo!

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4. Lake Placid Lodge– Lake Placid, New York

Very intimate public spaces that bring light to an Adirondack past filled with wildlife, rough hewn wood, vivid reds and greens, antlers, and a staggering view of Lake Placid that will make you question returning back to civilization. The hosts place wildflowers on the table settings and also provide a cozy blanket to those who choose to sit outside and view the lake. Just imagine—wrapping yourself in a sumptuous wrap while enjoying the crisp air. It is luxurious hunting lodge chic with stone fireplaces to match. What more could you want?

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5. Crosby Street Hotel – New York, New York

I love the quirkiness of the decorating selections. The juxtaposition of traditional elements with wild colors and crazy artwork and accessories is just fun and refreshing! And after sitting for a relaxing drink at the bar, you may just stand only to question whether you are in a New York hotel or an art museum!

Each one of these luxury hotel lobbies is a reflection of the visual and cultural aspects of the surrounding environment—from the lighting and seating arrangements to the use of space and choice of materials. I employ the same philosophy in the lobby interior designs I create in New York City and the surrounding areas.

To view photos of my work, click here.

Thank you for reading,

— Marilyn