Before I get into the nitty gritty of what makes something green and chic, I wanted to show you that not only is it important to live a beautiful and sustainable life, it’s absolutely possible! Over the next couple of posts I’ll be showing wonderful green projects that we should all aspire to.
I’ve chosen this first hotel to highlight what I think is a perfect example of a chic green project that you wouldn’t necessarily know is green. The Crosby Street Hotel opened last year in Soho, New York and is the seventh hotel and first US hotel for Firmdale Hotels. This luxury boutique hotel chain is owned by Tim & Kit Kemp with all interiors designed by Kit. Room prices aren’t cheap, but if the service is anything like their super cute Number Sixteen Hotel in Kensington, it’s definitely a nice treat.
In typical British fashion, the style of this hotel is quirky, fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Interesting objects, bright punches of color and traditional furniture fill the hotel. But what I love best about the design is that each of the 86 guestrooms is different. It’s like they designed this luxury hotel as they would their own home.
How is this chic hotel green you say? Well let me tell you. Firmdale Hotels are looking towards certifying this hotel as LEED Gold, which is quite an achievement. They recycled waste from the previous building, which if you live down that way, you may remember that it used to be a small parking garage. There’s also an amazing movie of the transformation on their website that you can check out. Other green qualities include: bike racks, energy efficient lighting, solar panels, zero and low VOC finishes and FSC certified wood.
One of the coolest green things I think they did was to install a roof garden, care of April Goode at Goode Green. They plan to harvest food for the restaurant come this spring. I might just need to make a trip over for dinner to check it out!
I personally love the quirky and bright British style. I think it’s fun and fresh. Besides, who really takes themselves that seriously? I know I don’t! What do you think?
Here are a few more pictures of the hotel for you. You can also check out some of their other room types on their website.