The Palmetto hotel is now open in the heart of Charleston’s historic French Quarter. A design from Looney & Associates imbues the 45-room property with a residential-style warmth reflective of low country luxury. “We were not lacking in sources of inspiration for this exceptional property in such a vibrant city,” says Looney & Associates senior designer Jennifer Moots. “Classical architecture motifs and detailing are the building blocks of our design. Enhanced by colors, shapes, and forms particular to Charleston, but also the identity and history of the Palmetto hotel.”
The Looney team partnered with New York design collective UnQuiet to curate a medley of furnishings in the lobby that would kick off the stately historical narrative. “We drew inspiration from the city of Charleston itself; more specifically, the way it balances a deep respect for history with a progressive point of view,” says UnQuiet founder Sarah Gray Miller. “More than anything, we want guests to feel at home.”
A custom palm leaf chandelier made from cut-crystal also heralds the lobby arrival experience. Influenced by the city’s historic knack for hosting, game tables populate the space as well, along with moveable stools, ottomans, and drink tables that invite guests to create their own seating enclaves.
Further, the lobby breathes new life into Old World elements, like classic Chippendale-style sofa and settees. All three pieces were enlivened with playful bespoke fabrics featuring vintage low country ephemera. The sofa is upholstered in textiles made from an 1880s map of the city, while the matching settees are wrapped in a fabric crafted from an early-20th-century Isle of Palms postcard.