I’ve had my eye on The Dean, the latest project from Will Cooper and Ari Heckman of ASH NYC, ever since they told me about it last year. The Dean is a boutique hotel in Providence. When I was in college I dated a dude that went to Brown, and ten years ago, there was one restaurant in Providence that you took your parents to when they visited. Now it’s a little super cool town, and The Dean is one of the coolest. It’s got a beer hall, karaoke bar, cocktail den and coffee shop, and perfectly appointed rooms. Ari and Will have the most impeccable taste. LIKE, ever. And The Dean is just another example of how freakin skillfully and tastefully they do things. Follow Will on instagram, its SO GOOD. Last week was their opening party, and Patrick Cline and I drove up, attended the ribbon cutting and circus themed party – see my instagram for photos of me with a giant snake- and then spent the day shooting like crazy… We took hundreds of photos whilst annoying the entire staff, no doubt.
There are so many good ideas to take away here. Original flooring, black painted up the wall like a giant baseboard – take that one home kids- vintage everything, brass, black and brown, perfect creamy white walls, black wood slatted blinds with white tape. Vintage flea market style portraits in bedrooms and edgy black and white photos in bathrooms (some UPLO photography too!), industrial style lighting… its just all awesome. So awesome, that we just couldn’t edit down the photos. Hope you enjoy them!
The Dean: Old School meets New School!