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HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates Premieres Cutting-edge
Technology and Unparalleled Design at New
Mandarin Oriental, New York


ATLANTA – December  2003 – HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates -- renowned as the “No.1 Hospitality Design Firm” -- reveals “what’s next” in in-room technology and blends oriental influences with 1940s-inspired furnishings at the new Mandarin Oriental, New York. Opening this fall, the hotel spans the 35th through 54th floors of the new Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle on Central Park South. Designers of several Mandarin Oriental hotels, including Mandarin Oriental Miami, Kahala Mandarin Oriental, Hawaii, and Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC (opening Spring 2004), HBA was sought for its original designs – unique for each setting – with luxurious quality and timeless appeal.

The Time Warner Center also houses a new 135,000 square foot performance hall for Jazz @ Lincoln Center, CNN live broadcast production studios and luxury retail, entertainment, restaurant and office components, as well as 225 prestigious Residences at Mandarin Oriental. 
“The sleek lines used throughout the hotel speak of New York City, while artwork and textile accents whisper of the Orient,” said Sandra Cortner, senior project designer, HBA-Atlanta.
The hotel entrance from West 60th Street sets a luxurious tone with Italian marble and granite floors and a magnificent ceiling fixture made by Chihuly Studios in collaboration with Waterford crystal. From the elegant entrance, guests are whisked up to the hotel reception and lobby on the 35th floor where breathtaking views of Central Park and the city skyline create a grand sense of arrival. 

Inspired by Chilhuly’s work with gardens and glass, HBA commissioned another sculpture as the focal point of the lobby. Graceful, ice cool crystal emulates long-necked Chinese cranes rising out of an oriental moss garden in a custom-carved wood and silver vessel. Accents of silver are incorporated in the lobby in the elliptical-shaped marble and granite floor, in the Lalique-inspired ceiling detail and with tooled silver inserts on the granite reception desk and silver-plated stair railings. In addition to the Chihuly sculpture, artwork consists of a combination of New York artists and Chinese textiles.


Ground Floor Lobby of the
Mandarin Oriental New York

Corner Suite Bedroom of the
Mandarin Oriental New York

35th Floor Lobby of the
Mandarin Oriental New York
The lobby cocktail bar is classic, contemporary and residential -- an extension of chic New York living rooms. The tooled silver bar is one of several pieces throughout the hotel influenced by the graceful lines and attention to detail that was part of design in the 1930s and 1940s. 

The lobby is flanked by two enormous Valerio Adami paintings that are contemporary, yet approachable. Often controversial, Adami was commissioned to create the paintings of his own inspiration themed on New York and Broadway. 

With two floor plans and color schemes in either pale gold and jet black or Chinese red and sterling silver, each of the guestrooms boasts floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of New York City. Bathrooms feature a Spanish marble in soft beige and cherry vanities with Italian granite tops, completing the vision of simple elegance. Many bathrooms boast soaking tubs, complete with mounted 15” LCD display televisions, situated at windows to provide guests with awe-inspiring views of Manhattan. Artwork is eclectic, combining Taiwanese artist Paul Ching-Bor’s paintings of New York City bridges with paintings from a local, Chinese artist who trained in China with a watercolor master.

Each guestroom features 29” flat-screen LCD televisions, surround sound DVD/audio equipment and a highly personalized entertainment system, including the latest from Samsung – the Smart Sound system which lowers audio equipment volume when the telephone rings.
“Inspired by Manhattan apartments, all suites are individual in design, with distinctive artwork collections chosen for each,” said Cortner. “Located in the corners of the hotel, each suite guarantees a spectacular view.”
Color schemes of the suites consist of pale silver and rose; pale gold, cream and black; and saffron and copper -- colors inspired by the brilliant hues of a Mandarin robe.

The Oriental Suite, with a blue, gray and gold color scheme, features a large living and dining room, with a separate study that doubles as an entertainment center and office work space. Adjacent to the living/dining space is a small kitchen with custom cabinetry and granite countertops and flooring. The suite has a large master bedroom and bath, and includes a separate walk-in closet. An authentic Chinese Ancestral hangs above the bed in the master bedroom. 

The colors of the Mandarin Suite are inspired by the semi-precious Chinese jade. The suite features a large living and dining area, a working kitchen and an exotic ebony wood-paneled study, with oriental rugs and a corner window view. Dark-toned furniture and soothing apricot accents work with the jade tones to create an elegant, yet comfortable space.

The 14,500 square foot, HBA-designed Spa and Fitness Center at Mandarin Oriental focuses on holistic rejuvenation in a tranquil, meditative setting. 

“Highlighted by bamboo flooring and unique water features, the Spa is a complete journey of the senses,” said Jennifer Kleen, project designer, HBA-Atlanta. “Upon arrival guests are surrounded with a subtle sense of the orient allowing them to feel both relaxed and enlightened.”

Through the use of natural stone, specially-commissioned three-dimensional artwork, color therapy, Chinese quartzite flooring in wet areas, Chinese furniture and Japanese rice paper glass window treatments, the Spa blends seamlessly with the hotel’s design. 

Highlights of the spa include eight private treatment rooms with picturesque views, individual heated massage beds, vitality pools in separate men’s and women’s wet areas and relaxation lounge. A private VIP suite includes separate changing room, personal safe, thermarium, steam sauna and fireplace. Surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, the 25-yard lap pool invites guests to swim parallel to the Hudson River.
HBA Background

With designs that repeatedly claim top placement in both Condé Nast Traveler’s “Hot List” and Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best,” HBA has shaped more than 600 of the world’s greatest icons of hotels, resorts and spas, from traditional luxury brands to independent contemporary boutiques with the global expertise of seven offices worldwide: Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Nancy Hartsell
Stefanie Wuckovich
HBA/Hirsch Bedner Public Relations
The Zimmerman Agency

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