Along with these striking installations and others on the floors themed around woodworking and masonry, the guest room levels offer more local art — and more opportunities for Pittsburgh’s artists to gain new fans among the hotel’s visitors.
Each guest room includes two mugs by Pittsburgh ceramicist Reiko Yamamoto and a cozy throw blanket designed by local textile artist Savannah Hayes. The items are meant to be used by guests during their stay, but they’re also available for purchase.
Guests also find a hand-drawn map and guide to Lawrenceville created by a rotating list of local artists and a separate map that shows the location of all the locally made items in the hotel’s public spaces, with the artists’ or makers’ names and their websites listed.
That last part is especially valuable.
“It has the potential to not only connect them with some future sales but hopefully connect them with a national and potentially international audience,” Droege says. Hotel guests “can take that name away with them” and continue to follow the artists, perhaps buying more of their work in the future and spreading the word about their talent.
And there may be even more opportunity on the horizon for Pittsburgh’s artists and makers: This project has planted “a seed for a new partnership between CDCP and Bridgeway Capital, Droege says, “to offer some shared services and push this concept of getting developers in not only the Pittsburgh region but the surrounding tri-state area to bring us on to help.”
See below for a list of all the artists and makers whose work you can find at the new hotel.