The London List Abroad: SoHo’s slick 11 Howard hotel pits Scandinavian minimalism against New York coolThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 30 Jun 2016



At the corner of Howard and Lafayette, New York’s chic 11 Howard hotel breathes new life into the site of an old Holiday Inn. However, step inside and the building is unrecognisable. Decked out top to toe with swish minimalist furniture – bar the stylish bar which feels every bit like a seductive New York speakeasy – 11 Howard apart feel like a Scandi retreat against the bustle of the New York City streets. Show the rest of this post…

With rooms available from Queens to the hugely spacious Terrace Suite, the mid-century rooms are crisp and yet homely, with the soft furnishings taking an edge of the minimalist aesthetic. “There is something about the honesty of these materials that ultimately, even used, they might look better than new. It’s not all distressed and it’s not all polished — it’s a balance,” explains creative director Anda Andrei. Plus the hotel are promoting a mantra of socially-conscious hospitality, with a portion of every room rate goes towards the Global Poverty Project. Right at the heart of New York’s happening SoHo neighbourhood, 11 Howard is now booking with rooms available from $270.

11 Howard Hotel, 11 Howard Street, New York, NY 10013






The London List Abroad: The Rivertown Lodge in Upstate New York re-invents roadside motels for the design-consciousThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 13 May 2016



Two hours out of New York City, the Rivertown Lodge is a 27-room retreat in Hudson, Upstate New York. Stylish for a purpose, the former movie theatre was converted into a motel in 1958, and more recently into the Rivertown by local makers using only authentic materials. Decked out with stunning mid-century furniture, the minimal rooms boast everything you need to get away, and nothing more, with a communal kitchen and retro Papillionaire bicycles also available to guests. Show the rest of this post…

“There’s no stress, you don’t worry about anything — and if you do need anything, we take care of you. It’s a very simple thought, but it’s very rare,” explains co-founder Ray Pirkle. Sounds good to me. Rooms start at $199 for a double, $219 for a queen.

Rivertown Lodge, 731 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534






The London List Abroad: Artist Cornelia Parker has recreated the ‘Psycho’ house on the rooftop of NYC’s Met MuseumThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 15 Apr 2016



Now in the fourth year of their summer rooftop series, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art commissioned British artist Cornelia Parker to create their 2016 installation. Titled Transitional Object (PsychoBarn), Parker’s piece is inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and paintings by US artist Edward Hopper. A structure that from the front appears to be a real house, but from the back is exposed as two facades held up by scaffolding, PsychoBarn juxtaposes the authenticity of landscape with the artifice of a film set. The 30-foot structure uses the wooden slats, window frames and roof tiles from an abandoned barn in upstate New York, and will be on show from April 19 to October 31.

The Met Fifth Avenue, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028

The London List Abroad: Menswear label The Hill-Side open their first store Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighbourhoodThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 23 Dec 2015



One of the hottest menswear labels in recent years, Japanese-influenced The Hill-Side have opened first-ever physical store located in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg district, the label’s own backyard. Slotting in perfectly alongside the wealth of shops in the hip Williamsburg neighbourhood, outfront, a New York Subway-style mosaic tile sign adorns the pavement, with tall windows letting light spill into the store. Mixing rugged daywear with more smart-cusual styles, the Brooklyn store carries The Hill-Side’s whole line, including shirts, outerwear, jeans, footwear and accessories, plus ceramics from local artists. The store is open six days a week, closed Monday.

The Hill-Side, 263 S 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Architect Andrew Franz turns an old Tribeca soap factory into a glorious, open, mezzanine apartment

Posted in Architecture, New York
By Sam Bathe on 9 Feb 2015



In the shell of an 19th century soap factory building, Architect Andrew Franz has created a wonderfully open and bright mezzanine apartment. Located in Manhattan’s Tribeca district in New York City, a striking staircase allows for access to the roof terrace above, while a window wall floods the living space with natural light. Show the rest of this post…

Combining natural materials like wood and brick – a call back to the building’s industrial past – with colourful and stylish fixtures and fittings, the apartment feels so warm and inviting. Innovative storage solutions keep the apartment clutter free, with hidden shelving and compartments built into walls and corner cabinets folding out for extra holding space.







Check out more of architect Andrew Franz’s work on his site:

The London List Abroad: Renderings inside Manhattan’s magnificent 432 Park Avenue development show just what you get for your $20mThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 20 Jan 2014

Set to become the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere (1,396ft/425.5m) upon completion in 2015, 432 Park Avenue in New York City is one of most simplistic and yet utterly stylish pieces of architecture to hit Manhattan. Show the rest of this post…

Home to 104 residences, the market value ranges between $20m-$80m although some apartments are said to have already sold for more than $90m. Rendered by DBOX for CIM Group & Macklowe Properties, designer Deborah Berke’s interiors make the most of the spacious floor space with clusters of furniture gathered at each window intersection to make the most of the magnificent views. Residents also have access to a 75-foot indoor swimming pool, hosting lounge, private restaurant, outdoor dining terrace, spa and fitness center with sauna, steam room and massage rooms, library with reading area, screening room and performance venue, children’s playroom and 24-hour valet parking services, so you get your money’s worth from the rest of the building too.

If you’ve got that sort of money burning a whole in your pocket I can certainly think of worse investments than one of these glorious apartments. Inquiries can be made via the website:

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