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Reclaimed wood flooring, glassed-in fireplaces, warm leathers, and pops of color makes the J House hotel and eleven14 Kitchen restaurant feel cozy and comfortable.

From HOJO to Hotspot

Monday, May 6th, 2013

A NYC interiors firm makes a 1960s hotel feel more like home 

Once traces of a 50-year-old Howard Johnson had been purged, "under-designing" was top of the menu for Dash Design's interior direction at the new J House and eleven14 Kitchen in Greenwich, Connecticut. Attached to the 86-room hotel, the on-site restaurant helmed by spago vet Francois Kwaku-Dongo is marked by unpretentious retro-style accents like chesterfield chocolate leather banquettes, a wood-burning open hearth clad in custom copper panels, warm mid-century-inspired chandeliers, and illuminated pantry shelves lined with pickled vegetables and fresh breads at the entrance. 

"We wanted to continue the use of simple modern materials such as exposed concrete and steel, and contrast that with warm residential elements to create a modern Greenwich home," says David Ashen, founder and principal of Dash Design. 

The hotel space continues the comfort theme but injects a touch of glam with a sculptural stainless steel check-in desk and a colorful projected video art installation by Spanish artist Daniel Canogar in the two-story lobby. 

What: J House hotel and eleven14 Kitchen, designed by Dash Design

Where: Greenwich, Connecticut

Who: Seasonal nosh from Francois Kwaku-Dongo

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