Kixby has debuted inside the former Collingwood hotel, an early 20th-century landmark in New York’s Herald Square. Locally based Rockwell Group oversaw the update of the historic property into a sophisticated urban hotel that examines its history through a witty lens.
The lobby of the 195- key property is conceived as a modern members club with hardwood floors, fluted dark wood panels, and traditional furniture with a contemporary twist. A wall of latticed bronze screens illuminates the room, drawing inspiration from the city’s many metal elevator gates, while the warm wood reception desks wrapped with reflective slatted metal are located adjacent to the lobby bar, Lot 15. Blending the gritty with the glamorous expressed through a dark palette, the elegant bar features exposed brick and charred black wood walls offset by gold accents. The black leather chairs complementing the dark-elegant look inside are installed against custom drapery and a mural by artist, Fumero. In addition to an onsite Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, the Kixby also features Lookup, a three-season rooftop bar where Old World style is reinterpreted with a playful edge.
Working with the project’s co-owner and managing partner Justin Arest, Rockwell Group crafted the hotel’s accommodations-called Bedrooms- in an eclectic style with solid oak furniture wrapped in a periwinkle blue and charcoal gray palette. Each beneath the 10-foot-tall ceilings, all guestrooms feature crisp and contemporary lines, while bathrooms amplify luxury with bright marble details.
“Rockwell Group had an amazing opportunity to create a collection of spaces that brings a new social experience to the hotel,” says Rockwell Group partner Shawn Sullivan. “Juxtaposing modern and traditional, our design concept embraces the building’s history while adding a contemporary layer that feels vibrant and relevant today.”