The new Bar Hugo – again by Marcello Pozzi – affords a breathtaking 360° vista over the Hudson River, Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty, and it’s a place you’d never wish to leave.
A triumph of elegance, with luxury furniture custom-made by Tedeschi, clusters of hand-blown lighting by Bocci and Brazilian walnut floorboards, all in a crescendo of sophistication starting from the hotel and reaching to the very top of the building, at the Bar Hugo.
The Hugo is a boutique hotel opened last February in New York, in centrally-located Hudson Square, round the corner from Soho and the West Village, now a signature cultural destination.
The hotel has been designed by Marcello Pozzi, Italian-born and with a career spanning Busto Arsizio [in Lombardy] to Beverly Hills, and features 122 rooms and two suites, plus conference facilities, a fitness area, an Italian restaurant and a spectacular top-floor lounge with a 360° view over the city.
Pozzi was inspired by the XXth century architecture of avant-garde New York, a magnet for artists and global travelers, and the Hugo aspires to a front-rank spot among the New York hospitality icons, thanks to its high-end yet low-key approach.
The architectural contrast between original, industrial-era features, such as bare concrete and the color of window fixtures, and the sophisticated, elegant interior details, create an atmosphere of affluent, exclusive practicality.
The entrance hall leads to the main lobby and features a marble floor and navy travertine walls. As you make your way inside, the Hugo’s ‘metro urban’ nature gently starts to bite: there are powerful green elements everywhere, especially behind the reception desk, where their impact is highly aggressive.
High ceilings, wide open spaces and curved walnut-paneled walls alternate with concrete, while Pozzi-designed small leather sofas follow the pattern of the lobby’s horizontal lines.
The Hugo’s vertical vegetation (over 3,000 plants) is alive. It’s been created by G SKY using a brilliant, patented, advanced irrigation system.
The sash windows are the connection between new deal- Soho and the future.
For the bespoke furniture Marcello Pozzi has chosen a sophisticated Italian craftsman: the Tedeschi company, with an office in New York and a remarkable honors list, including work for all the world’s top hotel chains.
For the Hugo Hotel, Tedeschi has produced all of the lobby’s walnut wood structures, all the rooms and suites, the Pozzi-designed sofas and above all – a real gem – the restaurant’s benches, horizontal polished walnut planks which lend the ambience the unforgettable feeling of an early XXth century railway station waiting-room.
The lighting design project has been curated by the Lighting Design Studio principal, John Decker, while the lighting fixtures are by Visual Comfort, except for the floor lamps which are by Restoration Hardware, the well-known US contractor that has also supplied the Egg Chair located in the central lobby.
Texan designer Sutherland has provided the creative, white cement coffee-tables in the lobby.
The layered coffee-tables come from ISF’s Stack collection, designed by Pozzi.
The Hugo Hotel is a treasure chest awaiting discovery, a design project which incorporates and modernizes the America of old.