The Stayton Room
New York, NY
Stonehill Taylor completed interior design of The Stayton Room at the Lexington Hotel, a storied NYC destination. A site where baseball legend Joe DiMaggio and pop icon Marilyn Monroe once famously eloped, The Lexington Hotel’s Stayton Room recalls all things secret and glamorous of New York’s bygone eras. With nods to the distinguished socialite and anti-prohibitionist, Captain William H. Stayton, the space is reminiscent of a Jazz Age hideaway, inviting guests to see and not be seen among its lush folds, cozy nooks, and striking central bar.
Inspired by the original scalloped crown molding throughout the historic hotel, unmistakable Art Deco forms manifest in a dazzling light fixture that arches across the rosewood tambour-backed bar. A Rosa Fiorentino granite bar top with teal dimensional tile bar die plays with copper molten sconces and crushed velvet pink and blue seating throughout the space to create a jewel-like effect. A copper ceiling and gold leaf metallic wall coverings on mirrored columns spread rich romantic lighting through the private atmosphere.
Facing various seating arrangements, a drink rail invites guests to perch and observe the buzz and hum of the lounge and street beyond, making a catwalk of the secluded environment and its exterior. Seen from 48th street through rose-lit pink window boxes and fuchsia awnings, the bar is a hidden gem in its rough-hewn surroundings.