Elsie de Wolfe – the design inspiration behind JW Marriott Essex Hotel’s Meadow Terrace Suite

Designed by Whitespace Interiors, each fully reimagined suite in the hotel tells a distinct story through design, artwork and other touches inspired by personalities who helped shape the cultural landscape of New York City – we step inside the Meadow Terrace Suite, inspired by Elsie de Wolfe, who has been broadly given the title of ‘America’s first interior decorator’…

window vignette with couch and chair in Meadow Terrace Suite in JW Marriott

De Wolfe, honoured as the design inspiration behind JW Marriott Essex Hotel’s renovated Meadow Terrace Suite, is known for her roles as trailblazer for women in arts and business throughout the early 1900s. Born in New York in 1865, she first embarked on an acting career, later being redirected to her main interest of design, starting with her first project: New York’s Colony Club, an exclusive new club for women. She also went on to work on Villa Trianon in Versailles and the homes of members of the Royal Family.

coffee table, large sofas and statement art in the Meadow Terrace Suite New York

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Understanding the impact of Elsie’s career on the design industry, Essex House selected her as the design inspiration behind the recent renovation of its luxury, two thousand square foot, Central Park-facing Meadow Terrace Suite.

“Our historic hotel has many stories to tell, and the Central Park Suite Collection is our latest chapter,” said John Rieman, General Manager. “As we reimagined these suites for today’s luxury traveller we also looked to the past for inspiration, drawing upon the storied history of our most beautiful neighbour Central Park. The result is three unique interpretations of our beloved Art Deco hotel that offer something for everyone.”

foyer with triptych on wall leading into lounge

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An embodiment of sophisticated, decorative, and feminine design, the classic yet contemporary Meadow Terrace Suite, inspired by de Wolfe, who was known for her opulent, sumptuous eye. Embracing natural light with large windows and a terrace offering mesmerizing views of Central Park and Columbus Circle, the expansive vistas invite the beauty of the outdoors to merge seamlessly with the luxe interior.

Every aspect of the suite reflects de Wolfe’s commitment to tasteful indulgence and meticulous attention to detail, beginning in the foyer with a three-dimensional, hand-crafted bas relief, triptych adorned with florals and peacocks.

carved bureau with art work above in dark and moody corner

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Other design highlights include intricately designed marble casing, second bedroom with a pair of queen beds and a full kitchenette with private entrance. Gracious terrace views overlooking Central Park’s Sheep Meadow provide an inviting space for guests to unwind, bask in the tranquillity of nature, and savour the iconic view.

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