In Washington D.C., top-tier hotels woo the majorities by delivering the formal and stately interiors one has come to expect from America’s capital steeped in history. But when The Dupont Circle hotel went under the knife in 2018, parent company The Doyle Collection opted for a different look: paying homage to the building’s 1950s roots, they aspired to craft a new-fashioned take on midcentury modern glamour inside. To ensure its perfection, they commissioned not one, but two, design powerhouses, Clodagh Design and Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, whose penchants for midcentury makeovers have transformed the most coveted addresses in New York City, London and more.
Fast-forward to today’s finished product: Clodagh’s magic first surfaces in a lobby that recalls the most swoon-worthy of Mad Men backdrops. Here, an elongated, Carrara marble-topped welcome desk offset by golden, teak-stained vertical slats sits opposite an inviting micro-library set with various intimate social groupings. Clodagh passes the baton to Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, the creator of the hotel’s series of seductive dining and common areas aglow with the bold colors, timber walls and textured interiors indicative of the midcentury’s best.
Step off the elevator and arrive on the ninth and top floor of The Dupont Circle hotel, which houses an entirely new collection of 14 suites, each channeling a bespoke incarnation of 1950s glamour loosely woven through common threads of four-poster canopy beds, bedside chests with brass trim, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The majority of these penthouse suites open to private, heated outdoor terraces, none more exceptional than the two-bedroom Penthouse Suite by Clodagh boasting unparalleled views of Dupont Circle and greater D.C.
Text by Paul Rubio
Photography courtesy of The Doyle Collection