Roger Smith Hotel, NYC commissions London Joiners, Ltd.
London Joiners Ltd. were commissioned by the Roger Smith Hotel located on Lexington Avenue in New York City to develop and execute a luxuriant finish for their newly renovated mahogany rooms. An antique appeal was desired by this famous boutique art hotel, yet the work had to meet the strict standards of New York City’s fire code. London Joiners Ltd.’s solution was to impart a two part catalyzed finish that had a high fire retardant rating, and a very hard surface when cured. This was then lightly abraded and French Polished to a luxuriant finish. The color of the wood was enhanced by the natural chemical techniques known to the textile dyers of Flanders. London Joiners Ltd. never use pigment stains that merely lay on the
surface and retard the depth and clarity of wood in their treatment at the Roger Smith. On the mahogany at the Roger Smith Hotel cream of tartar was used as a mordant and then extract of cochineal with other substances. It takes about 70,000 abdomens from the Cochineal insect to make a pound of red dye. The base substance, with other mordants, produces a wide range of reds and oranges and tobacco like colors. The colors produced are light fast, which is unique as red is normally a fugitive color. The “redcoats” of the British in India never faded because they were dyed with cochineal. (See also the Surfaces interview on this web site.) Photos below of Roger Smith Hotel, New York, NY by Norman McGrath.