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Washington D.C.’s Unique History and Maritime Culture Come Alive Inside the Newest Canopy Brand Property, at the Exciting Wharf D.C. Development

Credit: Canopy by Hilton.

New York, NY, December 2017 – New York-based luxury hospitality design firm Krause Sawyer is proud to unveil its latest project conceptualizing the first ever North American Canopy by Hilton, Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) lifestyle hotel brand, from the ground up, in Washington, D.C. Opened this October at The Wharf, a sparkling new multi-use riverside development encompassing hotels, retail, restaurants, and leisure activities, the 175-room Canopy by Hilton features stunning multi-use public spaces, the Canopy Central café and bar, Transfer Lounge, guest Retreat with an outdoor garden, guestrooms, suites and corridors that embody Krause Sawyer’s signature natural luxury design sensibility. Atop the newly developed hotel, Krause Sawyer has also designed a singular rooftop bar – Whiskey Charlie, which opened to the public on November 17, 2017 – that features an expansive terrace with panoramic views over the Potomac River and the historic skyline of Washington, D.C.

The Canopy by Hilton is a truly unique new property in D.C., and Krause Sawyer approached the design by pulling inspiration from the rich history of the area and the recently renovated and expanded Municipal Fish Market, as well as the transformation of the marina throughout the years. Three guiding narratives bring out the essence of the space: The Weathered Fisherman, Stacking and Supported Structures, and Reflective and Textured Details. The Weathered Fisherman recalls the nostalgic era of early settlers in the burgeoning capital city, and reflects the determination and spirit of the Wharf area in ages past. The Stacking and Supporting Structures are seen throughout the property, echoing early waterside construction, and the Reflective, Textured Details draw the design aesthetic back to the water on which the property sits.

“Working to develop the first ever Canopy by Hilton property in North America has been such an inspiring project for us,” say Kajsa Krause and Tracey Sawyer of Krause Sawyer. “We were honored to get the chance to collaborate closely with the incredible Hilton and Hoffman-Madison Waterfront teams.”

“Canopy by Hilton Washington D.C., The Wharf is an exciting opportunity to showcase the unique design elements of our lifestyle brand in North America,” said Larry Traxler, senior vice president of global design, Hilton, “The Krause Sawyer team’s talent and overall alignment in design vision was critical in bringing this concept to life for our guests to experience.”

CANOPY CENTRAL. For the main public space within the hotel, Canopy Central, the Krause Sawyer team thoughtfully identified the key feature moments within the hotel experience, conceptualizing large wall and ceiling design elements to create a visually enticing welcome space. The team also played with contrasting materiality throughout as seen in the rough woods and metals juxtaposed with smooth liquid finishes as well as shimmering glass and lighting installations. The play of dark to light coloration adds a rich visual experience to the ambiance of the space, and the built-in millwork detailing continues to speak to the overall design aesthetic.

The continuous floor to ceiling window wall within Canopy Central is counter-balanced with large-scale architectural elements of wood and metal to anchor the space, which the Krause Sawyer team ideated based on traditional fish market, dock constructions, and warehouse features. A large, two-sided stone fireplace functions as a centerpiece of the business and social areas of the public spaces, surrounded by stepped built-in seating as well as sofa and club chair seating groups, convenient for both working and relaxing. A large black and white print with three-dimensional texture on reclaimed, painted bead board creates a key focal point of the hotel’s unique common areas.

THE BAR/ RESTAURANT AT CANOPY CENTRAL. The butcher-block and zinc clad bar offers incredible views of the marina from which to enjoy fresh food and drinks throughout the day, set affront of a full height, backlit wood tile wall. The bar and the adjacent communal table functions as set up for the artisanal breakfast buffet on offer for guests at the Canopy. Later in the evening, flatbreads are baked and fired right at the L-shaped bar as the light is being dimmed for the evening’s craft cocktails and local beers and wine.

THE TRANSFER LOUNGE. Amongst the many unique features of the Canopy brand are the Transfer Lounge and the Retreat. The Transfer Lounge is located just behind the check-in area, and is fully equipped with a shower, changing area and lockers, available for guests that have an early morning or late evening meeting and need to freshen up before or after check-in/check-out – a thoughtful convenience that echoes the brand’s focus on guests’ needs. The design of the Transfer Lounge is in line with the amenities of the guest bathrooms, and feels like an extension of the guestrooms themselves.

THE RETREAT. The second space, the Retreat, is centrally located directly off the elevators, to the side of the reception and Canopy Central, offering a more quiet, contemplative, and private experience that is connected to an outdoor terrace. Floor to ceiling screens divide the seating areas, including individual chaises looking out over the Washington Channel and Potomac River. The materiality and palette are softer and reflective, with less contrast than what is seen at Canopy Central.

THE GUESTROOMS. The “Just-Right Rooms” have a soothing and fresh palette, with a large headboard with a signature Canopy over the pillows, that recalls market containers and fish crates, set atop of light, grey-washed wood flooring and a custom inset carpeting, whose pattern plays off reflections from the water. The room is showered with daylight through the floor to ceiling windows. Personalized messages to guests are featured on a local art wall that adds a genuine touch, including corkboard detailing with handwritten suggestions for local delicacies, entertainment, and activities for guests to enjoy. As a signature design element of the “Just-Right Rooms,” the Canopy Washington, D.C. The Wharf guestrooms features the Canopy “uncloseted” open-closet, designed to make unpacking easy so guests feel more confident about not leaving items behind.

As The Wharf development fulfills a singular, fresh take on life and travel to the nation’s capital, Krause Sawyer’s tasteful interiors within the Canopy add a functional, organic viewpoint on the city’s unique history and maritime culture. With never-before-seen views and a previously under-utilized water frontage, the design team at Krause Sawyer has helped bring to life a new Washington, D.C. destination like none other with North America’s first ever Canopy by Hilton.

Krause Sawyer is a boutique design studio that creates thoughtful, inspired interiors for hospitality and travel. We bring a unique problem solving approach and inherent sense of style to hospitality projects ranging from global brand prototypes to independent luxury hotels. The firm works with clients to develop and execute a guest experience that will set them apart from their competition and stand the test of time.

The Soho, New York-based hospitality design firm was founded in 2010 by Tracey Sawyer and Kajsa Krause; both already internationally accomplished designers at the time. The two met at a dinner party in New York and quickly found a natural fit as partners. Growing up a world apart, they share a fundamental appreciation for the perfect imperfection of nature, a considerate approach to business, and a passion for travel

Kajsa Krause, Principal
Kajsa Krause is the co-founder of Krause Sawyer, a leading New York interior design firm specializing in luxury hospitality and hotel design, which she launched with Tracey Sawyer in 2010.

Recognized for her natural and modern interiors that seamlessly integrate the local surroundings, Krause continues to be inspired by beautiful simplicity and modern details. In 2001, she created her own line of luxury leather goods, sold in various high-end boutique stores across the U.S.

Throughout her nearly two-decade career, Krause has focused on luxury and storytelling in the design of hospitality and residential interiors for clients including Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott Hotels, to name a few.

Her work has been featured in Surface Magazine, Wallpaper, Harper’s Bazaar, Travel + Leisure, Elle Décor, Hospitality Design, Interior Design, Sleeper, and Boutique Design.

Swedish-born Krause received a Masters Degree in Architecture from the School of Architecture at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Tracey Sawyer, Principal
Tracey Sawyer is the co-founder of Krause Sawyer, a leading interior design firm specializing in luxury hospitality and travel, which she launched with Kajsa Krause in 2010.

Recognized for her thoughtful, contemporary interiors, Sawyer’s work is inspired by evolving guest behavior and a sense of place. In 2006, Tracey created the award-winning product company, The Nought Collective, a testament to her design ethos of simplicity and natural beauty.

Throughout her nearly 20-year career, she has developed an impressive design portfolio, working with some of the most recognizable and reputable names in hospitality including Shangri-la, Hilton, Marriott, Westin, W, Canyon Ranch, Peninsula Hotels and City Center Las Vegas.

Sawyer’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Wallpaper, Elle, Surface Magazine, Hospitality Design, Interior Design, Hotel Design, and Boutique Design.

Canadian-born, Sawyer graduated with honors from the Faculty of Architecture and Design at the University of Manitoba, Canada.

For more information on Krause Sawyer, please visit www.KrauseSawyer.com.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,100 properties with nearly 838,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi.
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About Canopy by Hilton
Canopy by Hilton is a place in the neighborhood to relax and recharge, offering simple guest-directed service, thoughtful local choices and surprisingly comfortable spaces. Each hotel is designed as a natural extension of its neighborhood and delivers a fresh approach to hospitality and the guest experience. Canopy by Hilton is the lifestyle hotel brand of Hilton. Experience a positive stay at Canopy by booking at www.canopybyhilton.com or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn more about the brand at http://press.canopybyhilton.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest.

The Wharf, developed by Hoffman-Madison Waterfront, is a $2.5 billion, world-class, mixed-use waterfront development centrally located on the Potomac River, along the historic Washington Channel. Situated along the District of Columbia's Southwest Waterfront and adjacent to the National Mall, The Wharf stretches across almost one mile of waterfront on 24 acres of land and more than 50 acres of water from the Municipal Fish Market to Fort McNair. When complete, it will feature more than three million square feet of residential, office, hotel, retail, cultural, and public uses including waterfront parks, promenades, piers and docks. The Canopy and Hyatt House are part of The Wharf’s first phase, valued at $1.4 billion. More information is available at www.wharfdc.com.