Sant Francesc Hotel Singular - Spain

Enviably located in Palma de Mallorca’s Old Town, Sant Francesc Hotel Singular is an impeccably renovated 19th-century mansion with elegant art-filled interiors and top-notch facilities. Its 42 bright rooms and suites have a contemporary, sophisticated feel with stylish designer furnishings, light earthy tones, and generous windows overlooking the Sant Francesc Square or the hotel’s charming gardens and courtyards. The most exclusive of the suites greet guests with original wood-beamed ceilings, magnificent frescoes, or superb verandas facing the cathedral. Dining options are equally refined, ranging from classy Mediterranean cuisine in the Quadrat Restaurant & Garden to wonderful cocktails in the sleek Lobby Bar and Patio. One of the hotel’s highlights, however, is the striking roof terrace, complete with bar, swimming pool, and fantastic vistas of Palma.



New York EDITION Hotel Artwork

Here is what has become of my Eagle Owl illustration, which I made in early March. Like my hotel artwork from last year, this is now decorating the bar of a hotel by EDITION – the boutique project from Ian Schrager and Marriott. In this case, the Lobby Bar at New York EDITION, which is now open in the old Met Life Insurance Tower overlooking Madison Square Park. (Mini-history: for 3 years after its completion in 1909 the tallest building in the world.)

My owl has been beautifully interpreted by the design folks at EDITION. First, for “Magic Owl Easy Blonde Ale,” as if sitting in a dim room, in low light, eyes glowing against what might be old-fashioned wallpaper. Then, for a coaster, against a background as dark as night.

As with all my other hotel-work samples, I’ve greedily collected and stored these in an acid-free archive box. Which probably seems ridiculous, but they are like treasures to me. The thrill of holding something in real life that you’ve helped create is – potent.


The Nines - Portland, OR, USA

Located in the heart of Portland’s business and arts district, right next to Pioneer Courthouse Square, The Nines has a lovely rooftop lounge, an exquisite steakhouse restaurant serving organic local cuisine, and a wonderful dark wood Library Room, complete with pool table and an impressive collection of books. The hotel’s interiors are teeming with original art and its superbly appointed rooms are fitted with modern technology, plush down duvets, and rainforest showers.



Never been to a Canadian Whiskey bar before, but the newest Delta Hotel in Toronto features Char No. 5 - a hotel lobby bar with legit Scotsmen and Irishmen working behind the wood, but serving up nothing by Canadian made whiskey. Who knew?

The Stalk & Barrel Single Malt anthe Glen Breton Rare were actually really good. Decent hotel lobby people watching too - although that might have been just because Bryan Adams was rocking the Air Canada Centre around the corner. 

Joe DAcquisto from the Pfister Hotels Lobby Bar

…I’ve acquired a lot of art over time. It’s something that will stay with me for my entire life and I definitely look at is as a good investment. I have all sorts of art from jewelry to canvas to sculptures. About 90 percent is local, the majority is from good friends…

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