David Ashen leads Lexington Hotel renovation

The Lexington New York City, located in Manhattan’s Midtown neighborhood, is launching a multi-million dollar renovation of the property with a completion date set for summer 2013.

David Ashen of New York-based Dash Design, credited for his work at hotels such as W New York, W Union Square and the popular JHouse Hotel in Greenwich, Connecticut, leads the design charge for the Lexington New York City. Ashen’s design will transform the hotel’s public spaces and guestrooms into an updated 21st century destination for luxury business and leisure travelers.

Retaining its original 1920s architecture by Schultz and Weaver, the Midtown New York hotel will welcome guests through a draped entrance and into a two-story lobby. Whitewashed walls will be complimented by soft lighting that changes throughout the day. A marble mosaic tile arrangement embedded with the hotel’s signature “L” insignia will dress the floor. The reception desk, crafted in bronze and black lacquer, will guard a wall host to a three-dimensional sculpture, a piece in the Lexington New York City’s art collection commissioned by Paige Powell. A wrap-around balcony lined with seating nooks will overlook the lobby and provide access to more than 1,000 square feet of flexible function space.

A redesigned bar, lounge and library will radiate from the main lobby. Four separate seating areas will feature a fusion of modern, classic and 1920s-inspired furnishings. A musical tribute to the hotel’s past and present, an anthology of jazz melodies, will play at the bar. A collection of artwork, also selected by Powell, will adorn the walls.

Gold elevator doors with songbirds serve as the entry point to the upstairs area of the hotel. Hallways lined with purple and neutral-toned custom wool carpets will usher guests into rooms and suites reminiscent of the archetypal Park Avenue apartment. The walls will be cloaked in a neutral palate and upholstered headboards wrapped in bold orange or purple. Photographs and drawings reflective of the Lexington New York City’s past will compliment imagery of the present music scene and hang salon style above the bed. A full-wall mural designed by Ashen’s team will depict a musical sketch; a verse from Irving Berlin’s Russian Lullaby be present throughout the room, embroidered into elements such as the lamp shade, bed cover and drapery.

The Lexington New York City is located at 511 Lexington Avenue at 48th Street in New York City.

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