After a successful redesign of the dramatic TY Bar in the 57th Street lobby at Four Seasons Hotel New York, world-renowned designer Pierre-Yves Rochon presents another masterpiece—FIFTY7, a first-of-its-kind, art deco–inspired event space.
FIFTY7 is part of a multi-phased refurbishment programme inspired by IM Pei’s initial vision and brought to life by Mr Ty Warner, the Hotel’s owner, and Mr Rochon. Pei always wanted to create an event space that emanates an air of grandeur and intimacy just steps above 58th Street. With FIFTY7, that vision is complete.
Accommodating up to 200 guests, FIFTY7 features custom wall-to-wall carpeting designed by Rochon, a built-in show kitchen – visible or invisible – at one end, and a removable counter, which can be opened or closed in order to save space, at the other. Any form of digital communication can be broadcast on two large built-in screens at both ends of the room.
Respecting the Hotel’s original design and materials, Rochon chose to embellish the grand Magny limestone steps by creating a majestic 21-foot antique bronze patina and glass structure that mirrors the Hotel’s square window-frame design details at the topof the stairs. This dramatic entrance is an homage to Pei’s large glass and metal pyramid structure at the Louvre in Paris.
Guests enter FIFTY7 to discover on a neutral palette utilising a harmony of colours in a peach scheme developed around the colour of the light anigre wood used throughout the Hotel. “The use of neutrals allows the flexibility of planning a variety of events within the space,” says Rochon. The space’s three intricate areas can be separated by two decorative red panels – decorated in an abstract gold-leaf motif inspired by a black and gold screen depicting New York skyscrapers at night, designed in 1925 by Gaston Suisse, a Parisian artist specialising in decorative Chinese lacquers and designs.
“The addition of FIFTY7 will be a very significant change. It will allow us to plan larger meetings and host some of New York’s most prominent events, as well as weddings for the discerning bride who is seeking a one-of-a-kind reception space,” says Mariam Karim, director of catering at Four Seasons Hotel New York.