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Bernie Gallagher, chairman of The Doyle Collection and daughter of the company founder, is spearheading the multimillion-dollar transformation of the 327-room Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. Revamped in collaboration with Swedish interior designer Martin Brudnizki and New York-based designer Clodagh, the refreshed hotel will balance a fusion of American and European style. The property will house a new bar, restaurant, lobby and guestrooms when it makes its debut in the spring of 2019. 

Clodagh has redesigned the lobby lounge and created a rooftop terrace suite for the hotel. The lounge is grounded in a residential feel, with a fireplace inspired by those found in high-end apartments as its anchor. Furnishings include slatted window fixtures and a look-through bookcase with brass accents.

The wellness-centric designer is also transforming the Rooftop Floor to house a 5,000-sq.-ft. penthouse suite with a large garden terrace overlooking the Washington Monument. The suite’s neutral color palette will be complemented by a mid-century aesthetic and stylish details such as ribbed glass mirrors, brass and live-edge wooden pieces.

Martin Brudnizki Design Studio is also channeling that mid-century theme into its design for the new bar and restaurant. For the conversion of the former Bar Dupont, now dubbed Doyle, the design team is working with the original 1950s architecture and walnut paneling. Bespoke upholstery in shades of rich greens, yellows and blues will be merged with geometric patterns, brass detailing and polished surfaces. The new restaurant will have a light, fresh feel with white-finished timber paneled walls and wooden slatted flooring. Flooring will be completed with cherry blossom trees as a nod to their season in Washington. The design concept is finished out with brass globe light fixtures, mirrors, glass and a color palette of soft gray, blue and red.

Photo: Courtesy of The Doyle Collection



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