CS: I love this photo of the foyer with the perpendicular-to-window, pink, floorlength curtains and the large portrait of the suited man. Can you tell me more about the artwork?
CT: With the large expanses of windows, we didn’t want to obstruct the daylight and views, but rather, we wanted to frame them. We also needed to incorporate some sort of light control. Therefore we decided to design the window treatments such that they are perpendicular to the windows as opposed to draping over them. The “Tie Salesman” is probably the single most important piece of artwork in the hotel. In doing research on the Meier & Frank Department Store, we learned that Clark Gable was employed as a tie salesman before he became famous in the film industry. Therefore the portrait was commissioned specifically for its place of prominence.