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JW Marriott Nashville, a 533-key luxury hotel slated to open in 2018, has taken the wraps off the design concepts for its public spaces, guest rooms and conference/event facilities. Spearheaded by Stonehill & Taylor, the hotel’s interior design will exude a masculine aesthetic with rich color schemes and subtle nods to the city’s industrial and musical past, project participants say.

Housed in an elliptical-shaped 33-story tower designed by Miami-based Arquitectonica, the hotel’s interior by Stonehill & Taylor drew inspiration from Nashville’s roots in leather and steel production, as well as its more recent incarnation as a music capital. Touches reflecting that past include wicker wingback chairs that evoke acoustic guitar strings and reinforced steel light fixtures.

“We are honored to be a part of this exciting project, and the opportunity to fully immerse ourselves in the culture of the city and the ethos of the JW Marriott brand was a truly rewarding experience,” says Sara Duffy, senior interiors associate at Stonehill & Taylor and lead designer on the project. “Our primary goal when designing the interiors was to create an authentic Nashville experience from arrival to departure, and telling the story of this dynamic city in a fresh, new way.”

That approached included incorporating stone and marble, complemented by a color palette of blues, greys and taupes. Upon arrival, visitors enter into a patterned wood “firefly box” illuminated by a collection of bulbs suspended from the ceiling. A custom marble fireplace, flanked by 17-ft. bronze screens, serves as the centerpiece of the space, while refined floor tapestries exude a residential feel.

The hotel will also be home to over 100 pieces of contemporary art that pay homage to the musical history of Nashville, creating vibrant pops of color against polished marble floors and Kenya black-honed marble reception desks. A custom, blonde wood multi-use activity table anchors the lobby will provide a venue for guests to interact, work and host small gatherings.

The hotel will also be home to a library located just beyond the its main entrance that will feature a curved, 30-foot oak wood bookshelf surrounded by leather upholstered niches nestled between blackened steel and ribbed bronze frames. An adjacent bar and lounge will include a circular fireplace, velvet banquets and a glossy black bar with mirror details, and the lobby will also include museum-inspired retail space, featuring limestone recesses set against antique mirroring.

The hotel’s two ballrooms, encompassing over 25,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, will be outfitted with a custom carpet reminiscent of Nashville’s skyline, as well as caged lighting. The property will also feature an on-site spa and a pool area with private cabanas and monochrome deck furniture set around a stone-encased fire pit. The hotel’s fitness center will feature deep charcoal wallcoverings, hickory wood framing and a cognac leather boxing glove art installation mounted on oak wood.

Project participants say the sleek, minimalistic design of the hotel’s public spaces will also be reflected in its guest rooms and suites. The residential-style rooms will combine pale wood paneling with pops of regal blue tones and black steel finishes, along with floor-to-ceiling windows.

“The JW Marriott Nashville will embody the city’s creative spirit, and Stonehill & Taylor’s elegant design strikes the perfect balance with the energy of downtown Nashville,” said Jackie Soffer, ceo and co-chairman of Turnberry Associates, the project’s developer. “There is no denying that Nashville is having a moment right now and we are excited to be a part of this dynamic city’s renaissance.”


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