London, Shoreditch
Rainer Judd's life has been famously full of spaces that blur the line between living quarters and studios and galleries. It’s part of the reason — when we heard she’d agreed to adorn some of our walls in Shoreditch — we we’re so excited to have her rarified perspective on place, and the particulars that populate our lives.  
Rainer was nice enough to drop us some clues.  


I love paper. I’m a journal keeper. I stared when I was 11 and now am on Book no. 37. I love the chronological order that stems from blank pages bound in a book. I don’t pull out pages; it’s not a loose-leaf binder. It moves forward with time. I depend on it to hold and store my thoughts, ideas, drawings, scraps of imagery, moth wings — whatever I like.
The project was hatched in a London taxi with Alex Calderwood last September when he saw a couple of my drawings. He looked at “Pillow,” and with a warm smile said, “I know that feeling exactly… I want these on our walls.”

Most of the drawings for the Ace were based on ideas from my journals and then, after taking in the space, environment and palette constraints, new imagery was created. Of the sixteen drawings: four are large-scale murals, while others range from portrait to post-it size, tucked away in spots for the viewer to discover.
Drawings range from tender to sassy. They all have stories behind them. 

Hashtags invented during the two week London residency:
#Takeapictureandlookatit
#rockstarstudyhall
#analogfoxtrot 
#discoking 
#morelightmorepower 
#Acelondon 
#paletteconstraintsmakesforinvention 
#arttakestime 
#remo 
#workaholicphonebooth 
#urethanegirl 
#WinsorNewtonIt


R.J.’s Thank you Credits: Atelier Ace — Julia Blackburn; At Ace London — Gian Paolo Ilari Levandowski, Carl Pierce, Martin Newbould, Chris Kelly; RJ Studio: Parker Shipp, Vajra Kingsley, Lana Griffin, Dylan Kraus
Photos by Sofie Middernacht and Maarten Alexander

London, Shoreditch

Rainer Judd's life has been famously full of spaces that blur the line between living quarters and studios and galleries. It’s part of the reason — when we heard she’d agreed to adorn some of our walls in Shoreditch — we we’re so excited to have her rarified perspective on place, and the particulars that populate our lives.  

Rainer was nice enough to drop us some clues.  

I love paper. I’m a journal keeper. I stared when I was 11 and now am on Book no. 37. I love the chronological order that stems from blank pages bound in a book. I don’t pull out pages; it’s not a loose-leaf binder. It moves forward with time. I depend on it to hold and store my thoughts, ideas, drawings, scraps of imagery, moth wings — whatever I like.

The project was hatched in a London taxi with Alex Calderwood last September when he saw a couple of my drawings. He looked at “Pillow,” and with a warm smile said, “I know that feeling exactly… I want these on our walls.”

Most of the drawings for the Ace were based on ideas from my journals and then, after taking in the space, environment and palette constraints, new imagery was created. Of the sixteen drawings: four are large-scale murals, while others range from portrait to post-it size, tucked away in spots for the viewer to discover.

Drawings range from tender to sassy. They all have stories behind them. 

Hashtags invented during the two week London residency:

#Takeapictureandlookatit

#rockstarstudyhall

#analogfoxtrot 

#discoking 

#morelightmorepower 

#Acelondon 

#paletteconstraintsmakesforinvention 

#arttakestime 

#remo 

#workaholicphonebooth 

#urethanegirl 

#WinsorNewtonIt

R.J.’s Thank you Credits: Atelier Ace — Julia Blackburn; At Ace London — Gian Paolo Ilari Levandowski, Carl Pierce, Martin Newbould, Chris Kelly; RJ Studio: Parker Shipp, Vajra Kingsley, Lana Griffin, Dylan Kraus

Photos by Sofie Middernacht and Maarten Alexander


Portland, OR
John Jay is everywhere, like a feeling, or like air, and he might have even invented #hashtags. More important: he’s a good friend and move-buster and a mind with that hair-trigger twitch to engage culture in all its shapeshifting splendor.
Leading up to his talk at Semi-Permanent he spoke with Marketing Magazine about creativity and culture and his relationship with our dear, dear departed Alex. 

Photo by Matthew Furman

Portland, OR

John Jay is everywhere, like a feeling, or like air, and he might have even invented #hashtags. More important: he’s a good friend and move-buster and a mind with that hair-trigger twitch to engage culture in all its shapeshifting splendor.

Leading up to his talk at Semi-Permanent he spoke with Marketing Magazine about creativity and culture and his relationship with our dear, dear departed Alex. 

Photo by Matthew Furman


A square of the Calderwood family tartan for his birthday. 

A square of the Calderwood family tartan for his birthday. 


We met up with Florian Kaps (aka Doc) of The Impossible Project. We love that they’re keeping the Polaroid dream alive and more relevant than ever. If you’re in NYC, stop by their shop and gallery at 425 Broadway, 5th Floor, and witness some analog beauty.
Here’s Alex and Doc.

We met up with Florian Kaps (aka Doc) of The Impossible Project. We love that they’re keeping the Polaroid dream alive and more relevant than ever. If you’re in NYC, stop by their shop and gallery at 425 Broadway, 5th Floor, and witness some analog beauty.

Here’s Alex and Doc.


Amanda LaPore presented Ace co-founder Alex Calderwood with a Kid Robot Munny doll trophy for Best Hotel with a Nightlife Scene last week at Paper Magazine’s Sixth Annual Nightlife Awards party. Peewee Herman MC’d. Also in attendance, Vy Le, new CEO of Rudy’s Barbershop, captured here with Alex and Dangerkat.


Ace founder Alex Calderwood toasts George Lois and his work at Ace Hotel New York this Friday. Lois’ decade of iconic Esquire covers revolutionized design and provoked the American public into dialogue about current events in the 60s and 70s. His use of hyper-powered, passionate, and graphic images to illustrate Esquire features created a new visual vocabulary that younger designers are still riffing on today.
Raise your glass Friday at 6:30 in Liberty Hall to celebrate Assouline’s publication of Lois’ ninety-two Esquire covers.

Ace founder Alex Calderwood toasts George Lois and his work at Ace Hotel New York this Friday. Lois’ decade of iconic Esquire covers revolutionized design and provoked the American public into dialogue about current events in the 60s and 70s. His use of hyper-powered, passionate, and graphic images to illustrate Esquire features created a new visual vocabulary that younger designers are still riffing on today.

Raise your glass Friday at 6:30 in Liberty Hall to celebrate Assouline’s publication of Lois’ ninety-two Esquire covers.


ARKITIP Issue 0053X: Mark of Collaboration

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.

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This month, Arkitip released its latest issue, curated and edited by Ace partner Alex Calderwood and John Jay, of Studio J. The issue, X : Mark of Collaboration, a collection of creative alliances, exemplifies the collaborative spirit of Ace Hotel. We work with designers, artists, and innovators on every detail, and we use our spaces to interact with the energy and inventiveness of every place we go.
We are lucky to work with the following artists and more.
NYC
+ MICHAEL ANDERSON created a mural of 4,000 NYC graffiti stickers in the lobby at Ace Hotel New York. Here’s a video of him working.
+ MINT + SERF painted the walls in Ace Hotel New York rooms, and invited some of their friends to do the same.
+ CHRIS RUBINO made four big canvases in his Williamsburg studio and hung them in some rooms at Ace NYC.
+ JEFF ROGERS paints on the walls.
PALM SPRINGS
+ MICHAEL SCHMIDT, a clothing, jewelry, and interior designer, hung a macrame installation in the lobby.
+ NINA GARDUNO of Freecity screenprinted custom bedcovers for the guest rooms.
+ ROBERT LEWIS designed “love lights" for the guest rooms.
+ THE DATE FARMERS made a site map for Ace Hotel & Swim Club, and painted a trailer at The Commune.
+ ALMA ALLEN turned wood side tables and stools for guest rooms.
+ CLARE CRESPO and ALICE LODGE made a diorama in the lobby.
+ MARGO VICTOR painted a mural in the Amigo Room and made the architecturally inspired motifs scattered around the grounds.
PDX
+ KENZO MINAMI made a mural in Room 428.
+ MORGAN BRENT WICK painted his cat, his dog, and a falcon in guest rooms.
+ EVAN B. HARRIS painted the walls in guest rooms and made a mural in the stairwell.
+ AMY RUPPEL makes murals of owls and trees.
SEA
+ SHEPARD FAIREY painted on the wall in a guest room.
+ KAWZ made a painting for a guest room, and created a line of custom prints for Ace Hotel Seattle.
See below for links to videos and pictures.
Photo of Chris Rubino by Davi Russo

This month, Arkitip released its latest issue, curated and edited by Ace partner Alex Calderwood and John Jay, of Studio J. The issue, X : Mark of Collaboration, a collection of creative alliances, exemplifies the collaborative spirit of Ace Hotel. We work with designers, artists, and innovators on every detail, and we use our spaces to interact with the energy and inventiveness of every place we go.

We are lucky to work with the following artists and more.

NYC

+ MICHAEL ANDERSON created a mural of 4,000 NYC graffiti stickers in the lobby at Ace Hotel New York. Here’s a video of him working.

+ MINT + SERF painted the walls in Ace Hotel New York rooms, and invited some of their friends to do the same.

+ CHRIS RUBINO made four big canvases in his Williamsburg studio and hung them in some rooms at Ace NYC.

+ JEFF ROGERS paints on the walls.


PALM SPRINGS

+ MICHAEL SCHMIDT, a clothing, jewelry, and interior designer, hung a macrame installation in the lobby.

+ NINA GARDUNO of Freecity screenprinted custom bedcovers for the guest rooms.

+ ROBERT LEWIS designed “love lights" for the guest rooms.

+ THE DATE FARMERS made a site map for Ace Hotel & Swim Club, and painted a trailer at The Commune.

+ ALMA ALLEN turned wood side tables and stools for guest rooms.

+ CLARE CRESPO and ALICE LODGE made a diorama in the lobby.

+ MARGO VICTOR painted a mural in the Amigo Room and made the architecturally inspired motifs scattered around the grounds.


PDX

+ KENZO MINAMI made a mural in Room 428.

+ MORGAN BRENT WICK painted his cat, his dog, and a falcon in guest rooms.

+ EVAN B. HARRIS painted the walls in guest rooms and made a mural in the stairwell.

+ AMY RUPPEL makes murals of owls and trees.


SEA

+ SHEPARD FAIREY painted on the wall in a guest room.

+ KAWZ made a painting for a guest room, and created a line of custom prints for Ace Hotel Seattle.


See below for links to videos and pictures.

Photo of Chris Rubino by Davi Russo


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