Commune Design's New Midcentury Hotel Project Is Fierce

Julia Millay Walsh

Known for such great spaces as the Ace Hotels in Palm Springs and Downtown Los Angeles, farm-to-table restaurant Farmshop, and hip Heath Ceramics pottery stores, Commune Design continues to be one of the hottest design firms in the country. Its latest project, The Durham Hotel in Durham, North Carolina, is a departure from Commune’s signature California eclectic look, albeit still quite swoon worthy. The L.A.-based studio transformed a six-story former bank from the ’60s into a midcentury modern–inspired hotel. Preserving a few nostalgic elements, like a shoeshine station and a newsstand, the firm maintained the building’s historic charm. New furniture and décor in updated retro palettes with sleek midcentury lines feel a bit like a scene from Mad Men, but they have a decidedly fresher look. Scroll on for a tour.

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