House of Crystal

Baccarat Hotel New York celebrates light with the elegance and perfection of the legendary french crystal maker


In the heart of Midtown just steps away from Fifth Avenue’s world-renowned shopping, Baccarat Hotel New York occupies the first 12 floors of a split-level glass tower that rises 550 feet into the sky. Glowing inside and out, the lower levels of the hotel are veiled by a 125-foot-wide corrugated crystal-like curtain. Bringing this modern day “House of Crystal” to life was no easy task.

Enter the team of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill that served as architects for the 50-story tower. The Paris-based interior design firm of Gilles & Boissier led the creation of the hotel’s interiors which combine Baccarat’s French classic aesthetics with a fanciful modern sensibility, while New York-based designer Tony Ingrao took the reins of the residential design. The tower’s 60 private residences are accessible through a separate entrance and have access to all of the hotel’s amenities.

Many of the Baccarat Hotel’s furnishings include several never-before-seen works from the Baccarat factories. Classic pieces were also curated from the brands’ archival and contemporary collections for the social spaces. Beautiful parquet wood flooring and woven area rugs ground the hotel in warmth, while mirror, marble and hand-pleated silk wrap the walls in sheer elegance. Seventeen custom chandeliers shimmer throughout. The hotel’s curated art collection includes works from important movements over the more than 250 years since Baccarat’s founding. Commissioned original art and one-of-a-kind furniture from renowned French artist Francois Houtin and the undeniable Armand Jonckers style the opulent lounge areas. Each of the hotel’s 114 guest rooms and suites are reminiscent of a private pied-à-terre featuring floor-to-ceiling windows to take in New York’s bustling cityscape. 

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Text by Kim Mosley

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