Ace Hotel holds a dear place in my heart. Having stayed at the original in NYC with a window beneath the Empire State, and with a new Ace going up a short block from ThinkTank Gallery, across the street from my favorite Banksy, the hotel to me feels like exactly what a cultural hub should feel like. In a short interview, Cultural Engineer of Ace Hotel, Alex Calderwood, describes the source of such a feeling and how to cultivate it while commenting on one of the many collaborations with creative entities that Ace has done, this time with Japanese fashion house BEAMS.
With products manufactured in both America and Japan, artisanship and cultural heritage are two major design points for the work. Alex also hints at a possible Tokyo hotel, which would be amazing to see.