Wish We Were Here: The Dean

(All photos © Christian Harder)
For this week's installment of Monday Design Daydream, I pose to you a question: can you guess where this hotel is based solely on the image above? If you said Brooklyn, well, then, you'd be wrong. Despite offering beloved hipster amenities such as rooms with bunk beds, access to a dedicated Zip Car membership, and a designer coffee bar, The Dean, a new 52-room hotel in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island, is firmly rooted in the stuff of New England.


The brainchild of Ari Heckman's Brooklyn-based design firm ASH NYC—ok, I guess that was a dirty trick I pulled—the hotel resides in a century-old building that once housed a church and a strip club (albeit at different times). There's a local focus in many of the interiors, which feature photography by homegrown artists and furniture handcrafted by area artisans; beds are dressed in luxurious, Massachusetts-based Matouk linens and blankets from Maine's Brahms Mount.

The Dean | Lonny.com
While many of the building's original details remain, including the mosaic-tile flooring and brick façade, the rooms feel fresh and bright thanks to a crisp black-and-white color palette that's warmed up with organic brown touches (antique leather chairs, worn rugs). Bathrooms convey fashionable moodiness—check out that peekaboo shower window—with rich gold hardware and ebony tiles and wainscoting that coordinates with the white beadboard in the guest rooms. I never thought I'd say this, but I can't wait to plan my next trip to Providence!

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