GETTING WITH IT
A hotel has to change with the times. Old isn't the look that attracts most guests these days. We live in a different way now, we dress differently, we need to feel comfortable even in a t-shirt.
I first saw this grand room, at The Breakers in Palm Beach, two years ago when it was still in its Florentine incarnation. Here it is now, just a couple of weeks after reopening with a new look. A major hotel designer did this, I can't recall his name. Something with a Th... As you can see, the ceiling and the chandelier are from the original decor. The contemporary designer is quoted as saying (more or less), "The old and the new are in dialog with each other, creating new energies..." To me it looks like they couldn't reach the ceiling and said, Oh the heck with it. The long gallery beyond the columns to the right has not been redecorated. In that these two spaces share a ceiling and are in full view of each other you might ask, But why did they stop here?
Your eye wants to shut out one thing or another: what's up there, or what's down below.
As for my eye, it's not the ceiling that doesn't work.