When Andre Balazs asked SHD to design the interiors for The Standard hotel and spa in Miami, it was still operating as The Lido, Miami’s historic first spa. Shawn found the building’s untouched character and its proximity to the bay evocative and sought to design a hotel that was quieter and more organic in tone and texture than the other Standards. His design weaves the spa throughout the hotel with the blond woods and natural linens echoing the sense of calm.
Designing the interiors for the Chateau was Shawn’s first collaboration with hotelier Andre Balazs, a partnership that continues today two decades on. Having grown up visiting it, this project was a labour of love for Shawn. With a devoted following anxious to preserve the spirit of the Hollywood icon, Shawn sought to tread a fine line between updating it and preserving it. Architectural Digest praised how, ‘Hausman came up with a layered look, mixing furnishing of different styles and periods’ in an effort to convey the building’s storied past and craft a feeling of luxury that was nuanced and understated. Conde Nast Traveler named it in their 2015 Gold List of ‘100 hotels that change the way we see the world’, attesting to the timelessness of his design. Shawn has continued to be involved in the hotel’s design, returning to work on the lobby and the lobby bar.
SHD were asked to work on a number of bars, restaurants and lounges for The Chelsea Hotel, Atlantic City. Teplitzki’s, the 24 hour coffee shop, echoed classic Los Angeles coffee shop design with a sweeping counter and cantilevered bar stools, while Chelsea Prime infused traditional steakhouse design with a period 1940s look.
The Standard, Hollywood was the inception of the Standard brand, revolutionary for being the first boutique hotel to cater for people on a budget. The guest room design was an exercise in paring back, stripping away the superfluous clutter traditionally found in hotel rooms to leave design centric spaces populated by select pieces. Artwork and graphics migrated from the walls to become embedded in the very materials of the room; Andy Warhol’s flower print was transformed into drapes. Designed for a younger crowd, SHD made the public space the central focus and driving energy of the hotel with a series of quasi nightclub spaces filled with modern design classics to lend a cultured edge. Rudy’s Barber Shop, established byAlex Calderwood, founder of the Ace Hotel group, was an innovative retail presence occupying the lobby and the front desk was transformed into a bar with high stools and the infamous Vitrine, an art installation space where artists were invited to sleep.
A classic steakhouse housed in an old brokerage firm on Walnut Street, SHD played with the classic elements of the genre to craft a mood both traditional and original. Materials and lighting were employed to counter the voluminous space with its extraordinary high ceilings. Crystal chandeliers salvaged from Morris Lapidus’s original Fontainebleau hotel fill the cavernous ceilings while wood panelling imparts a warmth to the walls.
The Dandelion is a British-inspired restaurant SHD designed for Starr. Housed in two different buildings, the four dining rooms and two bars create the mismatched, eccentric atmosphere of authentic British pubs. Shawn saw the multiple rooms as an opportunity to explore different moods and added vintage touches, like a hearth shipped from England, to contribute to the theatrical atmosphere.
Pairing up with Warner Ebbink again, MiniBar, a 1950s inspired drinking den, opened in 2015. MiniBar occupies one corner of the Best Western Hollywood ground floor. SHD redesigned the lobby of the hotel and Ebbink owns the iconic 101 Coffee Shop also housed in the building. MiniBar completed the mood of Hollywood glamour; as Time Out glowingly announced, ‘if there’s a perfect place to unwind with a cocktail in LA, it’s at MiniBar in Hollywood.’
When SHD were appointed interior designers on the Standard Hotel, East Village, they sought to reconcile the towering glass building with the historic Cooper Square neighbourhood it was part of. Though the rooms were left purposefully bright and open to the views, they introduced a warmer mood to the ground floor. With its natural palette of materials, the hotel restaurant, Narcissa, refers to the upstate New York farm producing its ingredients; whilst Cafe Standard with its street level terrace and overhanging foliage introduce the relaxed informality the East Village is prized for.
After completing work on the Chateau in 1996, Shawn Hausman Design (SHD) was approached by Sean MacPherson to design Bar Marmont. The tangled exoticism of the interiors were designed to fabricate a sense of displaced Europe in Asia, a narrative inspired by a scene in the unedited adaptation of The Heart of Darkness. Andre Balazs took over the bar in 2006 for which SHD updated the space.
SHD have collaborated with Richard Stokes AIA on multiple projects and for this pizzeria they co-designed the artisanal pizzeria as a modern take on the rustic Italian restaurant. The mosaic topped pizza oven provides the visual focus of the restaurant with a Canaletto inspired relief above and industrial styling in the furniture and lighting.
The Sub Mercer was so-named due to its placement in the sub basement of the Mercer hotel. Playing up to the cavernous, dark interiors, Shawn envisaged the bar as the private lair of a fictionalised lothario, creating a mood of decadence and hedonism.
The Continental Midtown was the first of SHD’s ongoing collaboration with restaurateur, Stephen Starr. Inspired by the design of quintessential 1950s coffee shops, the restaurant’s interior, which encompasses two floors plus a roof deck bar, is at once nostalgic and futuristic with playful interpretations of mid century design.
Despite opening nearly a decade ago, Parc remains Philadelphia’s highest grossing restaurant. To compliment the archetypal French cuisine, Shawn sought to recreate the definitive brasserie experience as authentically as possible, making diners feel transported to France. In addition to importing a vintage bar top from France, SHD travelled extensively in Europe, sourcing pieces to craft the meticulous level of detail required.
Nica’s, a restaurant and bar located in the Stanhope Hotel, was designed with one time resident, infamous socialite, Pannonica de Koenigswarter, in mind. Nica, a fervent member of the 1950s New York jazz scene, became the fictional proprietor of the place with concert handbills for Theolonious Monk and Charlie Parker pasted to the walls and 1950s oil paintings wonkily hung on top of traditional murals to create the sense of her taking over the existing bar.