Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Drawing all over the walls

I've stayed at many a Courtyard Marriott (thanks, 18th birthday sleepover), but they've all got this weird, New England/floral-patterns-on-everything feel to them. A new trend in hotel design is going boutique—designing each room differently, making each visit a new experience. Each room gets lovingly thought out, and I recently discovered one specific room at the Ace Hotel with an extra special touch: hand-drawn wallpaper about New York City:


Timothy Goodman, the person responsible for this amazing feat in hand-drawn awesomeness, calls it "99 Frames." According to the artist, he "hand drew 99 picture frames to create a dense wall of 'discovery' about NYC that could be passed to the common tourist staying in the room. Each frame contains a different fact / love / tidbit / thing of interest / or shout-out to a place [he digs] in the city." At a whopping 120 square feet, Goodman covers the good and the bad, from the Arch at Washington Square Park and Nathan's hot dogs to sky high rent and pigeon poo. Yes, I'm a sucker for the project because it's about the city that I love/hate oh-so-much. But I'm also crazy for it because it was executed by an actual human being with a great hand and some equally great memories.

Check out Timothy Goodman's post about the "99 Frames" here, or see a few more images below:




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