The Long Bar

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design Bar Lounge
  • Company/Firm
    Studio Paolo Ferrari
  • Lead Designer
    Studio Paolo Ferrari
  • Interior Designer
    Studio Paolo Ferrari
  • Photo Credit
    Joel Esposito
  • Location
    Boston, United States
  • Project Date
    September 2023

The Long Bar at Raffles Hotels and Resorts’ new Boston outpost and the established luxury brand’s first property in North America. The celebrated Toronto practice set out to pay homage to the New England metropolis historical undertones while also introducing contemporary details. The overall scheme champions its understated refinement with a timeless design scheme folding in boldly unique accents.

The design studio was given carte blanche to imagine a cohesive concept while also adhering to the brand’s intention of carefully situating the hotel within its storied surroundings. The practice drew inspiration from the great rooms of beloved institutions like the Harvard Club. It was all about reinterpreting the monumentality of great early 20th century civic architecture evident throughout Boston; a modernist architectural style infused with classic inflections. They did so by discreetly blending in a series of unconventional features and implementing a total-work-of-art strategy. Everything from the lighting and furniture, to the hardware and finishing were custom-made by master artisans.