The High Line Hotel featuring Saint Laurent
Photo by Daniel Riera ,
Set design by David de Quevedo
Words by Justine tTran
The city of New York is full of stories, real or imagined, that have made this place a continuous magnet for both travelers and residents. Also called “The City”, New York brings together different architectural styles in various times in our history. Diversity into a well-formed entity, isn’t it what every city should be attempting to reach?
Iconic French designer Yves Saint Laurent knew how to combine diversity with a faultless art of making clothes, showing to the world this genuine French specificity. As the first designer to put a black model on the catwalk and to make a woman wear a men’s tuxedo, it was natural for Philistine Magazine to shoot a Saint Laurent special series in the High Line Hotel: a historic boutique hotel mixing collegiate gothic-style with modern aspirations.
While passing through the heart of Chelsea’s buzzing gallery district, one can stop to pause for a moment and glance at the unique and centuries old brick buildings that form the High Line Hotel.
This particular venue, located just steps away from the High Line Park, is an inspiring respite from the harried pace of downtown Manhattan. The hotel is made up by a portion of architect Charles Haight’s mid-1800‘s masterpiece and the Federal Historic Landmark, the General Theological Seminary. Inevitably, the place draws inspiration from the estate’s original roots and the majestic grounds still hint at the supremacy of these great men.
Yet, the architecture and decoration reveal something else. The High Line Hotel is definitely modern and alive. The place aspires to be one of the most beautiful venues in Chelsea as well as the premier event space for fashion presentations, conferences, galas, screenings, press junkets and art shows. In an article entitled Outdoor Bars and Restaurants to Visit for a Summer Bite, The New York Times qualified the Hotel’s front courtyard as a “quiet verdant garden”.
The huge light-filled, made of maple hardwood and marble floors rooms lend themselves to the most dubious and enriching encounters. The unique, vintage, one-of-a-kind furniture has been sourced from all around the United- States to remind one of the local cultural richness and diversity. Once inside, the Hoffman Hall leads a majestic entrance, and is frequently considered as the Hotel’s masterpiece. And against the walls, the over-sized windows are magnified by the impressive stained glass.
Raw, but delicate: this is the immense value of this piece of New York City history. Not only a simple homage to the past, the High Line Hotel also blows a gentle a second wind, guiding anyone who glides along it directly into the heart of the contemporary city.