A Material Girl dishes on what's new, what's now and WHAT'S NEXT® in interior finishes.
July 14, 2010
What's Now: Fashion26 A Wyndham Hotel With Style
My family and I are always looking for a new place for lunch. So when we found out that RARE was opening up in the new Wyndham concept, Fashion26 Hotel, we were thrilled!
Designed by Glen Coben, the dark hardwood flooring off the lobby guides you to a dramatic curved staircase leading to the downstairs seating area of the restaurant RARE. As you pass the glamorous bar area, it feels like you are walking down the catwalk to get to your table (though any real model would skip the bun :).
The soft yellow walls with the bright red accents and fabulous light fixtures gives you a sense of your destination – this is not your typical burger joint!
I really liked the application of the light and dark luxury wood vinyl installed in a parquet pattern in the dining area. The fact that a natural hardwood flooring was used in the main hotel lobby and its cost effective and easy to maintain counterpart (vinyl simulation) were only steps away from each other show just how striking and complementary these two wood materials are!
Rare is not only a great place for a burger (with a side of the amazing parmesan truffle fries) and a perfect venue to entertain customers, it's also the space to be for industry sightings! At lunch the other day we spotted George Scammell, the Vice President of Global Design for Wyndham Worldwide, dining with the director of Food & Beverage, who was making sure everything was up to par! Anthony Simon the Senior Project Designer at TSC Design Associates was also seen having a bite with fellow colleagues.
Walking into the hotel always makes this Materialista feel like a Fashionista. From the decor to the food, RARE is very well done. (Pun intended!!)