AKA’s sixth New York City property, the 100-room AKA Tribeca, has officially opened. Design is residential-inspired with a new street-level lobby, lounge and bar by interior designer Jennifer Post of her eponymous firm.
AKA Tribeca was converted from the Smyth Hotel. To achieve the right balance of relaxed elegance and grace, AKA tapped Post, a residential interior designer who had also worked on the Kahn Korman House, the private home of AKA president Larry Korman.
For the lobby of her first work in hospitality, Post chose shades of charcoal and bronze. Danish designer Verner Paton’s curvy, soft-gray Cloverleaf sofa from the 1960s is framed by a modern gas fireplace that divides the lobby from the bar lounge called a.bar. Pivoting bronze and black-glass screens create seating nooks beneath over-sized black-and-white photographs along one side. Black porcelain flooring with a stripe of gold metal that runs from the lobby to the bar beckons guests to move through the space. The marble bar, which glows with a back-lit art panel, features metal-and-glass globe lighting fixtures and accents of burnished bronze inlay, nods to Tribeca’s industrial heritage.
On the street level sits James Beard-award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini’s restaurant and bar, Little Park, open to both guests and the public.
Photo: Courtesy of AKA