Pulling inspiration from the city of Chicago and its iconic Lake Michigan, which is just a stone’s skip away, the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago heralds a new look.
The Gettys Group infused the hotel’s spaces with a soothing palette of cool blues, whites and grays, and pops of color are found in the accessories—tufted marigold headboards frame the beds and plush teal benches provide a respite from a day of touring the sights and sounds of this bustling city.
The project was led by Meg Prendergast, principal, The Gettys Group, alongside Ciarra Celiano, project designer, and Luis Hernandez, designer.
“The Gettys Group is a research-driven design firm, which worked well in conjunction with Kimpton’s design philosophy,” said Prendergast. “We spent some of our concept time researching not only the space, but also how the location and history of the building could help us develop a signature storyline.”
In a Q&A with InspireDesign, Prendergast unfurls the project’s inspiration and signature elements.
What inspired the design team for this particular project?
Aside from the history of the building itself, we were inspired by Chicago with a focus on the “Lake Effect.” There is a certain duality that Chicago possesses and experiences that complement each other. Unique in its blend of waterfront activities, historic and contemporary architecture, abundant green space and lively restaurants and shopping, the lakefront has a little something for everyone. We were also inspired by the idea of the guest being a collector of cultural experiences who curiously embraces the authenticity that their temporary habitat has to offer.
What did you find most interesting about this hotel’s renovation?
We loved that this hotel is filled with unique and unexpected architectural moments. There are few other properties in the city that offer cozy window seats to steal a look at the river from above. There are original stained-glass windows found in certain guestrooms on the second floor. Each room, no matter the footprint, has tall ceilings, giving each layout room to breathe and feel special.
What do you want guests to take away from the new design?
We want guests to feel that these spaces are their own pied-a-terre in the heart of Chicago. This building has a story to tell, and we feel that this transformation has given it a sense of optimism. The design is playful and upbeat yet still savvy, welcoming guests from all corners of the world.