October 15,2022

The St. Regis

by David Stewart


New York's legendary St. Regis hotel—a favorite of Ernest Hemingway, Marlene Dietrich, Salvador Dalí and John Lennon—has undergone a glamorous redesign at the hands of Stephen Sills and James Huniford.


The reception area of the 1904 hotel epitomizes the Beaux Arts style.


In the main dining room, the designers replaced an enormous chandelier in favor of multiple smaller ones, which allow clear views into the hotel's celebrated King Cole bar. Pollack banquette fabric; Jim Thompson chair fabric.


The Astor Court—named for the hotel's founder, John Jacob Astor IV—has an anteroom used for tea and cocktails.


The famous Maxfield Parrish mural that hangs in the bar—which had been "swagged in green velvet," Sills notes—was recently restored. Edelman leather on chairs and barstools.


The designers redecorated the Cognac Room in shades of ivory and tobacco brown. The sofa and club chair, covered in a Scalamandré fabric, are by Sills Huniford Associates, as are the low table and armchairs. Stark carpet.


"We looked at the hotel's archives for inspiration, but we wanted a residential feel," Sills says of their designs for the 227 guest rooms and suites.

Soft yellow and cream hues set a restful tone in a guest suite. Wallcovering and drapery stripe and chair and ottoman damask from Kravet.


A crown-canopied bed offers a sense of intimacy.

  • David Stewart
  • October 15,2022

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