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Hotel in Focus: Moxy Chelsea NYC

Design Trends

Following the opening of Moxy Times Square, Rockwell Group has teamed up with Yabu Pushelberg to design the interior of Moxy Chelsea in New York. Tucked into the bustle of Manhattan’s historic Flower District, the hotel adds a touch of flamboyance and glamour to the micro hotel trend. A botanically-inspired space, the hotel combines layers of rich color, material, pattern and form to create a vibrant and welcoming design.


Featuring exquisite craftsmanship and unexpected details at every turn theMoxy Chelsea comprises of Feroce, an Italian restaurant on the Ground Floor, a dynamic lobby lounge and the Fleur Room, an indoor-outdoor rooftop bar with views of the Empire State Building and New York’s famed skyline.


Italian restaurant Feroce is entered at street level and organized as a series of choreographed rooms that lead to an outdoor terrace. Inspired to create a clear distinction between the street and the hotel, as well as an immediate, curated moment, a collection of Italian candy displays greets visitors at the 28th Street entrance. Recessed Venetian plastered walls holding a collection of containers, a terracotta-like barrel vault ceiling, and refined geometric light fixtures, all transport guests to early 20th Century Milan and Rome.


Passing through Feroce’s café and bar, guests enter the main dining room of the restaurant, which is capped with a barrel-vaulted ceiling. Three niches fitted with semi-circular booths face opposite a gridded industrial window looking onto the outdoor dining courtyard.


Moxy Chelsea’s vintage Italian flair continues on the second floor with the Moxy Lounge, a hub of activity for the hotel guests. To the right of the space, the Winter Garden, which looks out onto the heart of NYC’s Flower District, spans the width of the hotel. It is sandwiched between a live green 20-foot-high wall and partially screened glazing with tinted circular panels that echo the platonic geometries of Modernism.


Guests enter the rooftop bar from the street level via a mysterious and immersive vestibule and staircase. The Fleur Room is an intimate indoor and outdoor rooftop bar on the 35th floor, with interiors comprised of a lively palette of materials. Rough concrete and industrial windows are mixed with polished bronze, warm wall coverings and plush furnishings to create glamour with a touch of grit. Subdued indirect lighting both reinforces the spectacular views and heightens the intimacy of the space.


The bar in the Fleur Room appears like a bronze extrusion that recalls the chic precision of intimate bars found in Rome or Milan. Opposite the bar is an indoor/outdoor lounge wrapped in kinetic windows that transform the space into a sky veranda at the touch of a button. Doubling as a dance area, the bar’s flooring is made from concrete tiles in black, white, and green configured as segments of circles, recalling the circular motif used throughout the public spaces.


High above the buzzing lobby and bars, the guestrooms make the most of the building’s location and assets. The interiors incorporate some of the industrial finishes and effects, like exposed sinks and draped backboards of fabric that nod to the hotel’s neighboring Garment District. Bathrooms are concealed behind large opaque walls off the rooms.



For more information on the Moxy Chelsea, visit us here.

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