Jean-Louis Deniot brings old glamor back to the Waldorf Astoria New York


Jean-Louis Deniot, interior designer of the Waldorf Astoria Towers (box) and rendering of the Grand Salon

Courtesy of Jean-Louis Deniot; Courtesy of Noe & Associates / The Boundary

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The iconic Waldorf Astoria New York celebrates its 90th anniversary on Friday. But he has more than his story to celebrate.

Last year it also unveiled private residences that, converted from hotel rooms, allow buyers to own a piece of Waldorf Astoria history.

The important landmark has been undergoing renovations in recent years, with interiors reimagined by Parisian architect and interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot, who paid great attention to the building’s original Art Deco design.

“I had a business in New York for over 15 years and had the courage to compete for the job [designing the interiors of Waldorf Astoria] because I’m already in love with the idea of ​​working on such a great historical element, ”says Deniot.

“We got the job because we had experience restoring historic structures around the world,” he says. “In every building we worked on, from the 15th to the 20th century, we have always paid tribute to its history.

Taking inspiration from the exterior of the Waldorf Astoria, created in the 1930s in an Art Deco style, Deniot handpicked every fixture and finish, and created custom, custom-made cabinets, vanities, light fixtures and mosaics. in a modern French Art Deco style, to honor the history of the building.

Living room rendering

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Deniot, 47, established his Paris-based firm in 2000. His work has since spanned six continents, encompassing opulent private homes, boutique hotels, yachts and residential interiors and amenities in new developments. important.

He was also responsible for the design of the 50,000 square foot private residential amenities, which include an 82 foot swimming pool with a skylight in the original Starlight roof space, which hosted Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne and Benny Goodman in the 1930s and 1940s.

Other amenities include a Winter Garden lounge bar, a large entertaining lounge, and the Presidential Library, which recalls the presidential history of the Waldorf Astoria, where all Presidents from Hoover to Obama have stayed.

Starlight Pool

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“If you have to be locked away somewhere, like during the Covid-19 lockdowns, you might want to be in the most beautiful building in the world,” says Deniot. “Here you can preserve your health and well-being and enjoy entertainment, amenities and a dream life.”

Marked under the towers of the Waldorf Astoria, there will be 375 private residences atop the 375-room hotel portion. The building is expected to reopen in 2023.

When the Waldorf Astoria New York opened on Park Avenue on October 1, 1931, as the tallest and tallest hotel in the world, it immediately captured the imagination of the public. Over the decades, it has been New York’s “unofficial palace”, hosting a large number of presidents, dignitaries and celebrities, in addition to galas and glamorous events.

In honor of its 90th birthday on Friday, a website, Waldorf Stories, is launched to feature an oral history of the hotel, told by people who have experienced the hotel in its greatest glory.


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