First look at the much anticipated Baccarat Hotel in New York

Starwood Capital, owners of the French glass-maker Baccarat and developers of Baccarat Hotels have recently released details of the first Baccarat Hotel, in New York designed by Dorothée Boissier and Patrick Gilles whose main focus has been to emphasize 18th-century design elements while maintaining the essence of New York lifestyle.

For his part, Gilles Boissier adds that the Baccarat Hotel is “designed as a Parisian ”hôtel particulier” (private urban mansion) but also as an intimate and warm 21st-century home. The French touch will be felt throughout, as much in the play on forms as in the way the decor unfolds.” Works of art, including several on the theme of Baccarat’s signature Harcourt glass, will be on display throughout the hotel.

Located on 53rd street across from MoMA, the hotel occupies part of a 42-storey glass and steel tower designed by SOM (Skidmore, Owings & Merill), the architecture firm behind the Freedom Tower. Future Baccarat Hotel openings include: Rabat (Morocco) – 2015 and Dubai by 2018.