Get the look: Hotel Pulitzer
If you love a hotel so much you want to live in it, do the next best thing and bring it home. In this new series, we reveal how to zhuzh up interiors chez vous with design elements from some of the world’s most luxurious boutique stays. First up, Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam
To get to grips with this tricksy maze of 25 interconnecting canal houses, Hotel Pulitzer’s creative director and designer Jacu Strauss slept in every one of its 225 rooms over four years. “I would take every bit as an inspiration,” says Strauss about Amsterdam’s influence on the design. “Whether that meant the colours and tones of an Old Master painting in the Rijksmuseum, a detail on a canal house or a boat trip through the canals.” The designer’s crush on the Dutch Golden Age of art floods the hotel’s colour palette, while historical nods – such as hints of copper that pay homage to the wealthy coppersmith who once owned the building – are all around, if you know where to look.
But can a design this meticulously researched, inspired and lauded be replicated in the humble home? In five simple steps, we steal the look.
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An easy way to start replicating the hotel’s look is to begin with the walls. At Hotel Pulitzer, these are not so much structural entities as vehicles for art (Strauss even designed a dedicated Art Collector’s Suite), while the hotel’s main restaurant, Jansz, is littered with antique portraiture.
Get the look: At Etsy store The Modern Antique, you can buy high-res vintage portraits, such as this brooding Van Gogh, in a range of sizes.
Anything from the trolley, dear?
Get that trolley
“Every room needs to have a mini-bar, a coffee-making station and telephone, but those things can be a bit ugly,” says Strauss. “We worked hard to bring in old-style telephones and, instead of a traditional mini-bar, we created a drinks trolley.” And now, we want one, too.
Get the look: Though Pulitzer’s trolleys vary from room to room, we think Atkin and Thyme’s gold-and-marble number is certain to bring that Art Deco touch to your lounge space.
Light it up
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From show-off chandeliers to mid-century globes, Strauss’ lighting decisions don’t conform to any particular era, but what they may lack in consistency, they more than make up for in style. We’re smitten with the spacey, wide-domed desk lamps seen in some of the rooms.
Get the look: This one’s easy, since Hotel Pulitzer sells its Tom Dixon silver bell lamps at the hotel’s own online store. See also: Pulitzer’s own bedlinen, towels and slippers.
Give us a hand
Lend your living room a hand
Remember that art suite we mentioned? Well, it’s become rather famous for its hand. And by ‘hand’, we mean its giant, golden armchair, sculpted into the shape of a cupped palm. Each of the hotel’s five ‘extraordinary suites’ have a statement piece, but we’ve got to hand it to them for this one (sorry).
Get the look: It may not be gold, but AMARA’s inky-black version will cause just as much of a stir.
Back to black
Pick your perfect paint
A dark, sage green behind the bar, a matte black in the suites, brooding navy in the lobby: Strauss embraces the sumptuousness of a darkly painted wall. If you’re worried about making your place too dark, paint a feature wall first before deciding whether to go braver.
Get the look: From the reigning champions of modern, matte paint, Lick’s Black 02 Matt, Blue 07 Matt and Green 06 Matt are our darkly brooding picks of the day.
Flanked by historic canal houses and punctuated with pleasing pockets of flora, the hotel’s garden is where resident Amsterdammers flock in the summer. It’s one-part glassy, indoor terrace (with velvet green chairs and potted fig trees) to five parts sprawling outdoor courtyard.
Get the look: You’ll spot swinging cocoon chairs on the far side, but it’s the creamy sofa set we love. Beliani gives you the look for what we bet is a fraction of the price, with two chairs, sofa and table included.