Project Name: Algonquin Hotel

Project Location: New York, NY

Design Firm: Susan Caruso of Intra-Spec Hospitality Design

Algonquin Hotel

The Algonquin Hotel in New York City has been a gathering place for literary and artistic luminaries for more than 100 years. Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Gertrude Stein, and William Faulkner are just a few of the notable figures who’ve walked through its doors. As part of a recent renovation, Troy Custom Design Studio was called upon to create custom lighting fixtures for the hotel’s lobby, lounge, and guest rooms.

“It was important for us to retain and enhance the rich history and beautiful architectural structure of the Algonquin while also bringing in a sense of modernity,” said Susan Caruso, President of Intra-Spec Hospitality Design—the interior design firm working on the hotel’s renovation. “[Troy Custom Design Studio’s] lighting was a large factor in helping us strike the necessary balance in public spaces.”

For the lobby, Troy crafted sconces with cascading crystal features and chandeliers with sculptural metal accents in Polished Nickel. The designs give a subtle nod to early 20th century chic and set off the deep wood tones of the hotel’s existing wood work. The Blue Bar now features cobalt-blue-colored, ring-shaped LED pendants and a back wall with blue LED strip lighting radiating through clear fluted glass tubes. The pieces use LED engineering and technology from another Littman Brand: CSL® (Creative Systems Lighting).

“The Algonquin’s corridors and guest baths were a particular challenge to illuminate due to the size restrictions of the building,” said Caruso. To meet the challenge, Littman Brands Contract called in the Fulton bath & vanity and wall sconce collection from its company Hudson Valley Lighting. Modifying the standard piece for this project, the customized Fulton was finished in Polished Nickel and mounted horizontally in guest baths, proving to be a perfect and elegant fit.


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