Baccarat Hotel, New York is the first hotel and global flagship for the legendary, 250-year-old French crystal maker. Situated in Midtown, opposite MoMa, the Baccarat Hotel showcases the work of artisans who have produced custom crystal designs since King Louis XV founded the company in 1764. Glowing inside and out, the façade of the hotel is veiled by a spectacular 40 metre wide bevel cut crystal-like curtain which hints at the treasures waiting within.
The hotel celebrates light, with details including a one metre high always-burning fireplace at the entrance which represents the furnaces in the glass manufacturing facilities at Baccarat, France. Entering the lobby, guests are mesmerized by a feature wall adorned with more than 1,500 of Baccarat’s most iconic glasses, the Harcourt. Each custom-sized glass has been laid horizontally as if in a wine cellar, and lit by an individual LED light to create a 24-hour light show.
Paris-based interior design firm Gilles & Boissier led the creation of the hotel’s elegant interiors, which combine Baccarat’s French classic aesthetics with a modern New York sensibility. Weaving custom baccarat crystal elements throughout, from the sparkling mica vaulted ceilings to the silver leafed wood panelling and seventeen custom crystal chandeliers, the design recalls the radiance of baccarat crystal subtly reflecting and refracting light across a series of salons and social spaces.