The new Lounge in the Tribeca Grand Hotel was curated by Richard Klein of Surface Magazine. We were invited to design the space and to incorporate 18 of the best Spanish designers and manufacturers. When researching their work we found that one of the companies, BD Barcelona, represents original Dali furniture. Dalí, of course, was known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work such as “The Persistence of Memory”, a painting which epitomizes Dalí’s theory of ‘softness’ and ‘hardness’, which was central to his thinking. Many also consider that the melting watches in his paintings were there to symbolize the irrelevance of time, which, in this seductive environment of the Lounge, is of no relevance either.
The surrealist theme for the Lounge resulted in a sultry, sexy and dark atmosphere. We selected works on color, soft shapes and surreal aspects [sofas with inserted lamps and tables, vases with faces, low tables with hollow shapes inserted etc.]. An important aspect was the selection of luxurious patterned wallpapers, indirect voluptuous light fixtures and metallic screens. Islands were created with Dalí’s sofas. Chairs for two allow for intimate moments. The bar area is detailed in dark plum leather, with a lounging area in gorgeous patterns by Nani Maquina. We hope Dalí would have felt right at home.