Plaza Hotel Moderne

This Parisian 1930’s Art Deco-inspired pied-à-terre apartment was converted from the grand space of the old third floor junior ballrooms in New York City’s iconic Plaza Hotel and was designed to showcase the client’s extensive modern art collection.  Collaborating with noted interior designer Jeffrey Hitchcock, Ward explored fine finishes, materials and seminal details of the era and developed them with a modern aesthetic.  The entry and halls were composed of dramatic polished black granite flooring with nickel inlay to balance the grand fourteen-foot ceilings.  The dining room walls were paneled with deep red high gloss lacquer and mirrors that reflect views of Central Park below.  Low ceilings were raised where possible and carefully placed art lighting was installed.  Exotic woods such as Quilted Pomelle Sapele and Macassar Ebony were employed for custom cabinetry and boiserie.  All woodwork, cabinetry details and custom hardware were designed unique to the project.

Contractor: Rusk Renovations
Interior Designer: Jeffrey Hitchcock


Inspiration & Process


Ward had a rare and truly enjoyable opportunity to explore the wonderful and rich transitional period of Deco/Moderne as he combined historical ideas of planning and detail with cleaner and simpler Machine Age shapes.  Capturing the light and views of Central Park were tantamount to the apartment’s space plan layout and served to illuminate the dark days of winter.