I was flattered when Eleanor McKay, co-owner of Niermann Weeks, asked if she could write a guest post on this blog about their contributions to the Jefferson Hotel, which I already blogged about (right here), but I didn’t realize so much of the lighting and furniture came from this local source. I got a chance to visit them in person over the weekend when my husband and I celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary at Plume, the hotel’s unbelievable restaurant.
Take it away, Eleanor!
Will McGovern of the ForrestPerkins design firm supervised this project over 30 months, and he also specified almost 100 pieces of Niermann Weeks lighting and furniture. Just before opening day, he walked me through the Jefferson. It seems like every place I turned, something familiar struck my eye. Just like at our factory, the faux painters swarmed, here in the front lobby to create spectacular optical decorations.
Just inside the lobby, the hotel offers two retreats, the formal dining area and also the Quill Lounge, their wine bar. I chose the path to the wine bar, where Niermann Weeks Baladachino Ceiling Fixture acts as the landmark to its entrance. Completing the installation, Tessie from our lighting studio re-strung the outer row of beads. They’d gotten disturbed during storage, and her neck was plenty sore by the time she made the fixture perfect again.