From timber to gold to sea trade, the history of Seattle is the story of raw natural elements and invention, nature and cutting-edge technology. To honor this unique city, NICOLEHOLLIS’ interiors program for the Palladian Hotel draws on the local, bringing historically significant elements into the hotel in raw form. Originally built in 1910, the landmark property includes 97 suites and rooms as well as the lobby, bar and common areas.
Residential in feel, the guest rooms are rich with custom detailing and accents that celebrate the city’s industrial history of innovation, timber and technology. Inspired by artists’ lofts, the rooms have residential touches including crisp white Frette bed linens, antique area rugs and curated accessories such as leather-bound books and old-fashioned telephones. TV screens are set in custom-made wood artist easels. The custom platform beds feature reclaimed wood headboards with brass rivets and inset shelving. Vintage city maps, artwork by local artists and whimsical throw pillows with the faces of celebrities (David Hasselhoff, Bill Murray and others) add a playful wink. The bathrooms are framed by steel barn doors and feature classic white hexagonal tiles, brass vanity stands and vintage inspired mirrors. The suites offered luxurious claw foot tubs.
For the lobby, NICOLEHOLLIS drew inspiration from the blues and greens in Puget Sound, natural wood from the timber industry and glimmers of gold in a nod to the gold rush. Flanked by black classical columns, the lobby has a “speakeasy” vibe with leather banquettes, velvet upholstery and metallic accents. In the atrium, murals by artist Marta Johansen reimagine beaux arts style architectural drawings with a modern flair. In keeping with the building’s history, the original terrazzo floors were restored. A tufted-leather library check-in adds the masculine elegance of a Chesterfield sofa. The architectural fireplace surround and curated collection of antique books and vintage accessories create a homey feel.
Custom features in the lobby and throughout the hotel include the lighting fixtures by local Seattle fabricator Ladies and Gentlemen Studio. The unpretentiousness, industrial material palette lends a gritty glamour to the articulated interiors, offering both a nod to Seattle’s vibrant social history while creating an eclectic, whimsical and completely modern venue. Under the direction of NICOLEHOLLIS the hotel becomes a relaxed bohemian destination, catering to the dynamic neighborhood and blending seamlessly into the creative cultural hub of the city.