The Art of Exchange: Crafting Community at Ace Hotel & Swim Club
We’re looking forward to spending a weekend in April with artist Karen Kimmel and her friends making art and eating fireside s’mores at Ace Palm Springs. The Art of Exchange is a two day, two night artist retreat for kids and families with interactive workshops, activities, projects, Saturday movie night with popcorn, and the aforementioned s’mores (which we’re obviously feeling pretty casual about). Karen and friends — including Clare Crespo, who made the diorama in the lobby — will guide art projects like potato prints, miniature gardens, macramé, dioramas, and knitting, with a focus on the reuse and repurposing of natural materials. You can also just do your own thing, hang out by the pool, and explore. Community activities will include a poolside barbecue, Sunday brunch, and some communal dining with a special menu for families.
There’s a special package for the event that includes all workshops, projects, and group activities, and a Kimmel Kids tote filled with goodies. See more about visiting daily just for activities here.
Karen’s handmade trivets and Kimmel Kids totes and coloring books are also sold exclusively through the Community Shop at Ace Hotel & Swim Club.
Douglas Kelley is our friend. He’s been sharing his DKS List to clue us in on the best weekly art openings in New York. Every week, we’ll share his special picks for Ace Hotel with you. Look for an updated list on Wednesdays, and let us know what you think of some of these shows.
THE BRUCENNIAL: The five wild, anonymous men who are the Bruce High Quality Foundation are on fire, with a parody version of the Whitney Biennial, being presented in a 5,000 square foot space at 350 West Broadway, 6pm-1am.
Friday 26 February
A super good party with performances by artists, “A New Breed,” curated by Ian Daniel, at Exit Art, 475 Tenth Avenue at 36th Street, $5-$20 pay as you wish. 8pm-1am (you can hit galleries before you make it to the party).
Saturday night we celebrated the opening of our two new retail spaces, Opening Ceremony and No. 8a, for Fashion Week at Ace Hotel New York. We like having parties as much as we like making hotels, so we had fun with some of the elements for OC’s party. Our design partners, OMFGCo, stamped and grommetted leather press and VIP badges, and silkscreened OC x Levi’s gift bags. OMFGCo shared some pictures of their die-cutting and letterpress process on their blog. The bags contained, among other gifts, the last remaining pairs of of the Conversex Ace NYC collaboration hightops, a reissue of a discontinued, vintage colorway. (You can look for a new collaborations between Ace and Converse soon.)
Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Humberto Leon, and Ryan McGinley, Photos by Hannah Thomson
We also invited a couple of our friends to play the lobby. DJ Nasirfrom Neverstop, who we’ve known since Ace was just a little 28-room guest housein Seattle, played dance music in the evening, and Stumptownbrought Beyondadoubt, one of Portland’s favorite DJs, to play a late night set of 60’s soul 45s.
After a celebration dinner of fried chicken, suckling pig, mashed potatoes and biscuits at the Breslin, OC friends and family watched DJ Solange Knowles take the stage with Dirty Projectors at Liberty Hall.
Upstairs, party-goers perused Phillip Lim eye masks and No. 8a’s anti-souvenirs and Jason Schwarzman got a closer look at the goods.
Jason Schwartzman, Photo by Steve Eichner, via WWD
WWD took some pictures of OC’s friends, and Style.com called them nerds.
Johnne, Master Wheat Paste Owl: Sleeps By Day, Works By Night
Johnne Eschleman is the resident artist at Ace Hotel New York. He also made the walls and signs special at Ace Hotel Portland. Johnne tears up old dictionaries and uses heavy equipment under the influence. He has a good eye for straight lines and lyrics unfurling backwards. He keeps hours we could call odd, but they are our hours, too.
If you’re ever standing around in New York or Portland, look at the walls, and look for Johnne. He might be around.
The team behind No. 8a graced us with two amazing gifts to kick off the opening of their new shop here at Ace Hotel New York this Sunday. The gifts are a sign of new collaborations to come that are beautifully crafted and packaged. Showcased here a handmade Pyrex glass necklace by Jane D’Arensbourg and “delicious treats for hoarding and/or sharing” by Papabubble.
The people at Other Music are curating a collection of CDs and LPs for Ace Hotel New York. You can see them by the front desk, where they’re on sale along with old, cinematic, racy flipbooks and sharp, black pencils.
The artists featured in this inaugural set include Four Tet, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Spoon, and an assortment of Brazilian guitarists. Here are Other Music’s notes about some of them:
Opening Ceremony, the high-fashion version of a cultural-exchange program, unveils its new outpost at Ace Hotel New York on Valentine’s Day. They’ll be joined by Project No.8’s anti-souvenir shop, No. 8a. The people behind these shops are curators, rather than owners. They’ll be bringing their pitch-perfect favorites to the Ace, suiting the stores to everything you’ll need or don’t know you’ll need during your travels. In addition to highlighting their unique and democratic roll call of established and emerging designers, OC at Ace promises Tumi Luggage, Haribo gummie snacks (if you eat through the ones in the snack bar in your room), Maison Martin Margiela white ostrich and goose feather pens, and custom OC dental packs. No. 8a has I <3 NYC snowglobes filled with tiny trashbags, minamalist white sex toys, and double-ended lollipops covered.
Jeremy Pelley x Fritz Mesenbrink x Mathew Foster of OMFGCo
Arkitip asked Ace’s Alex Calderwood and John Jay of Studio J to curate their latest issue, X: Mark of Collaboration. It’s made up entirely of creative alliances between artists and innovators. After you look at this selection of pages and pictures of John and Alex working on the issue, you might want to get one. You can do that here.
New York City is covered in snow. This picture is from the window of room 918. It’s pretty epic.
If you’re stuck here, you can stay with us for not very much, and we’ll buy you a Stumptown hot chocolate while you’re here. If you’re not stuck here, you’re kind of missing out because it looks really beautiful in the streets, and the hot chocolate is ridiculously good.
Ace Hotel & Swim Club is built in a mid-century Howard Johnson motel. We’re excited about the local enthusiasm for Desert Modernism, so we kept the original things people loved about the hotel intact and mixed in some newer things that inspire us.
ExPAC 5 tonight at Ace Hotel New York - an evening of Northwest sensibility brought to you by Adam Davidson. Co-hosts and DJs J. Escobedo Shepherd MD, Rezound and Sam Hockley-Smith are spinning downstairs in LIBERTY HALL, and we have drink specials for Washington and Oregon ID holders. Friday Jan 29, 7 to 10pm. Rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org. See the full invite on our facebook page.
Our good friend and artist, Billi Kid, just partnered with the Public Works department to create a T-shirt to help raise funds for the American Red Cross in aid of Haiti. We know a shirt can’t save the world, but it can inspire people to save the world. Get yours here.
2009 was full of good things. In the Spring, Ace Hotel & Swim Club hotel came to Palm Springs. Ace Hotel New York, Stumptown, and The Breslin opened in the summer. We’ve been getting a lot of flattering winks and catcalls from the press. Here’s a selected list of honors from 2009:
+ New York Times T Magazine : The Decade in HotelsAlthough not the first Ace, the burgeoning brand’s second property was the first full expression of an aesthetic and philosophy — eclectic Americana, accessible prices, the cult of local, handmade, vintage, curated — that continues its reign in the worlds of design, fashion and culture. Ace Hotel Portland.
+ Wallpaper Magazine : Best New Hotel in the World, NomineeLaid-back and filled with vintage finds, the Ace is effortlessly cool…With the hotel’s walls lined with works by local artists, and a fully stocked Smeg fridge in each room, this is NYC at its best. Ace Hotel New York.
+ Interior Design Magazine : Designer of the YearWith its coffered ceiling, Greek key mosaic-tiled floor, schoolhouse pendant globes, and vintage commercial signage, the dimly lit lobby is grand and mysterious yet relaxed and idiosyncratic. Roman and Williams are celebrated for their work with Ace Hotel New York.
+ Conde Nast Traveler : 2009 Hot ListA definitive guide to the world’s most exciting new establishments destined to become instant classics. Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs.
+ Details Magazine : The 10 Best Hotel Bars in the WorldAt this quirky, black-walled grotto heavy on the vinyl and chunky wood furnishings, Monday nights feature Linda, the hostess at the restaurant next door, calling bingo and belting out show tunes. The Amigo Room at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs.
+ Time Out New York : Best New Hotel Lobby BarsWhen the Ace Hotel opened a New York outpost last spring, it brought with it the city’s first Stumptown café, guaranteeing early-morning crowds in need of artisan coffee. But the massive space, its soaring ceiling punctuated by trunk-thick columns, has ended up having more than just a.m. appeal; it’s become a popular spot for all types, at all hours. The lobby bar at Ace Hotel New York.
+ Cool Hunting : Top Five Collaborations of 2009When designers and artists team up to multiply their talents, the end result is sometimes greater than the sum of its creative parts. Ace Hotel New York collaborates with L. Gambert, Converse, Coto, Surface to Air, and others to create staff uniforms.
+ Biz Bash New York : Four Stylish New HotelsThe first New York outpost of a Portland, Oregon-based property, opened in May and sports an eclectic look with vintage furnishings and custom artwork. Ace Hotel New York.
+ Live The Desert Life : 15 Best New Restaurants in the ValleyLocally grown and organic food, inspired but never pretentious, in an atmosphere of buzzing excitement, like the most amazing backyard barbecue you’ve ever been to. King’s Highway at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs.