Interior designer Scott Sanders brings this back to life with his signature new American style, garnering recognition and praise from the national design community.
Sanders re-imagined the Rubell Family's Lord Baltimore Hotel to meet the needs of today's travelers, while honoring and restoring the grandness of the beloved national landmark. Following the completion of the renovation in 2014, the Lord Baltimore Hotel was named 'Best City Center Historic Hotel 2014' by Historic Hotels of America and chosen as one of the 'Best Historic Hotels of 2015' in USA Today's 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards.
Sanders' background in residential interior design provided a unique perspective for the hotel's redesign. The grand lobby features intimate seating groups with midcentury inspired lounge seating. It has a social atmosphere and was designed as a place suitable for both travelers to unwind and locals to meet for a drink.
For the historic Versailles dining room, now re-named The French Kitchen, Sanders was inspired by the bright colors of the Matisse paintings in the Baltimore Museum of Art's famed Cone Collection. To create a sense of elegance and whimsy, Sanders used a deep turquoise for the double height walls and a multi-color fabric from Clarence House. A soft light blue on the ceiling and gilded gold columns complement the bold colors. For seating, chairs upholstered in gray faux-leather and Duralee velvet fabric are mixed with glossy black ghost chairs and sit atop a gray, black, and silver carpet. The French Kitchen was named 'Best Restaurant Design of Baltimore 2014' by Baltimore Magazine.
In LB Tavern, the hotel's bar and gastropub, the original millwork and walls were painted in high-gloss black for drama and paired with a charcoal gray ceiling and floors. Lounge seating is mixed with dining tables to create a cozy corner with chic appeal for both dining and drinking. Seven large, multi-colored photographs of libraries of the world by German artist Candida Höfer add a sense of architectural history to the room.
With access from the hotel and street, the LB Bakery features house-baked bread and pastries daily. The pale gray-blue paint color chosen for the walls feels sophisticated and fresh and is the perfect hue to complement the crisp backdrop of dark wood floors, subway tile, Carrara marble top tables and stainless steel chairs.
For the guest rooms and suites, Sanders used a similar color palette to that of the lobby and dining areas, creating continuity and flow throughout the hotel. The dark wood of the room's furniture recalls a library or office, but features clean lines for a more modern feel. Contemporary art brings a pop of color to the space, and luxe accents, including h velvet drapes and a faux leather upholstered headboard, add depth.
Anchored by a massive 18-foot long communal worktable reminiscent of the long tables found in libraries, the business center, which is located between the lobby, bar, and bakery, was designed to be conducive to impromptu small group gatherings or one-on-one meetings.
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