Enjoy Art Installations? Like the Beach? If the answer is Yes, You will love to stay at the new ‘Playland Motel’ in the Rockaways.
The Summer of 2013 saw a new wave of Artists and Designers moving their attention to the Rockaways after Hurricane Sandy hit the town and rummaged a good part of it. And the opening of the Playland Motel really turned heads for this part of the NY Coast.
Robin Scott and Jamie Wiseman, of NYC Entertainment fame and Diego Galarza and Eduardo Suarez, owners of Brooklyn restaurants, El Almacen and Rosarito Fish Shack—decided to open a concept Hotel, called the Playland Motel on Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Queens.
A beach hangout, a hotel which sits in an renovated old building with a white washed shuttered facade that gives us very little clue of the awesomeness inside. The 12 rooms in the Playland Motel are artistic installations which are mostly handmade by local and international designers.
This month’s Destination Design stays within the states and lands in New York’s own Rockaway Beach at a recently opened, campy destination called Playland Motel. Full of Beats, Eats, and Sleeps, this motel took an early 19th Century building and restored it with the help of twelve prominent designers and artists who designed individual rooms with their own aesthetic. The results are a designer motel catering to a younger crowd looking for a super fun getaway at the hotel, motel, Holiday Inn. (I dare you not to sing it.)
DJs and live acts grace the airwaves of the outdoor area of Playland, complete with sand, beach chairs, ping pong, and even a little cornhole.
Room by Simon Spurr that’s all about perspective and inspired by 1960′s abstract artists like Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, and Brice Marden.
An “outdoor”, forest-like getaway in the middle of Rockaway Beach from architect Nektarios Ioannidis.
Inspired by a song by the 60′s band the Groupies entitled “Primitive”, Robbie & Apples created an escape that’s all about a rebirth.
Pat Conlon designed this simple & clean room with iconic details and a modern beachy feel.
Rawlins Calderone Design room
Melanie & Marina room
Artist Kate Pane’s girly room is all about ponies, glitter sunburns, and wet swimsuits.
The Cactus Room, from Federico Saenz-Recio, “explores the basics and investigates the problem of simplicity, celebrating the human error.”
Federico Saenz-Recio room
Javier Pedraza Polo created The Suspect, a cozy room with organic elements and artwork from Adrien Travis.
Javier Pedraza Polo room
Ben Pundole and Jessica Baker collaborated on the Captains Quarters (Belafonte) room, where the duo’s inspiration was, “If my yacht dreams collided with a Wes Anderson movie…”
Nadia Kaufhold gives an opulent, baroque-type space a modern spin, complete with a bloody twist.
Nadia Kaufhold room
“What if 1980′s Don Johnson drove a 1950′s Woody? AKA Don Johnsons Woody.” – Room by Design Department
Source: via DesignMilk
We are dying to go here this summer and you should too!
Location of the Playland Motel in Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York: