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Dramatic Designs: Mandarin Oriental New York's elliptical lobby

Posted by Melanie Nayer  May 21, 2012 05:33 AM

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What you see when you first walk into a hotel will set the tone for your stay, so it's only fitting that hotels will dress up their lobby space to make a grand impression. Case in point: The Mandarin Oriental, New York.

The lobby of the hotel is located on the 35th floor of the Columbus Square building. As you step off the elevators, the first thing you notice isn't the check-in desk or stunning views of Central Park, but the elliptical-shaped lobby and Dale Chihuly sculpture.

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The specially commissioned Dale Chihuly clear blown glass crane sculpture rises out of an oriental moss garden from the middle of the lobby. The sculpture is set into a custom-carved wood and silver vessel that flows in line with the lobby’s elliptical-shaped marble and granite floor. The ellipse shapes in the hotel’s lobby were designed in with the feng shui principles that they represent harmony, unity and a constant flow of energy.

Readers: Your thoughts? Have a hotel you think has a 'dramatic design'? Let us know!

Past Dramatic Designs:
B2Hotel's Lobby Lounge and Wine Bar
Gramercy Park Hotel's Drawing Room

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Melanie Nayer is a travel writer who spent many years in the newsroom before jetting off to see the world. Her goal is to bring readers the best insider information More »

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