Archive for April, 2013


Away from home, a clean room, comfortable bed, and decent food are the bare minimum required by most guests.  However, for discerning individuals looking for an experience far more fulfilling, a new wave of boutique hotels is the perfect answer to our travel prayers.

Tucked in Nolita (‘North of Little Italy’), The Nolitan, is a relative newcomer to the age-old hustle and bustle of New York City, having opened its doors in 2011. Nonetheless, this stylish hotel offers design-hungry guests the ingredients of a perfect stay- cutting-edge architecture, modern interiors, culinary comfort and an abundance of complimentary perks (including bicycle and skateboard rentals for cruising the city streets in style).

The structure itself, designed by the architectural team at Grzywinski+Pons, is testament to excellence, predicated on quality, beauty, innovation, and a rigorous approach to detail. Married with interiors by Meyers Davis, a firm renowned for its chic, modern aesthetic, The Nolitan is a recipe for design and travel success.

During a recent stay, we fell in love with this neighborhood gem, tucked among some of our favorite Nolita shoppes and eateries. The hotel’s newest culinary addition, Cantine Parisienne, went straight after our heart; nothing better than cozying up to cocktails at a Carrera marble bar, outfitted beautifully with Tolix stools and Brendan Ravenhill lighting.  A pinch of France on Kenmare Street? Mais oui!

Because The Nolitan is unquestionably too good to call our own, we’re thrilled to share the experience! Readers of Around the Pound, and fans of The Gilded Lobster, can enjoy a summer savings of 10% off The Nolitan’s best available rate, along with a late checkout of 2pm, (critical for surviving late night adventures).  To take advantage of this offer, call the hotel directly for reservations, 212.925.2555, and mention code: The Gilded Lobster (TGL).

Enjoy your stay, and be sure to share your comments on our fan page. We’d love to hear what you enjoyed most about The Nolitan (not to worry, chic lighting and tufted chesterfields are on our list too).

*Valid for travel through September 3rd, 2013. Standard 48hr cancellation applies. Offer based on availability. Blackout dates may apply. Offer may not be combined with any additional promotion.

Images courtesy of The Nolitan and The Gilded Lobster.



April 12, 2013

Gilded Getaway Guide


With a dash of temps in the 70s this past week across the Northeast, it’s safe to say spring has finally sprung in New England, and the travel bug has bitten right along with it. In celebration, we decided it was only fitting to give our Gilded Getaway Guides a special niche of their own at Around the Pound. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick weekend escape, or a trip worthy of jetways and jet lag, you can head straight to our new Getaway Guide menu on the right of our page for inspiration.

Our travel itinerary at The Gilded Lobster is pretty jam packed for the next several months, so follow along and see where our journeys take us, we’d love to have you. And be sure to stay tuned next week, when we announce a very special getaway offer for our readers.

In the meantime, we’re packing our bags, complete with our favorite luggage tags from Harlex, a Hong Kong based studio specializing in handcrafted leather accessories. Having been a long-standing fan of this husband and wife duo, and the high-quality goods they design and develop, we can attest that these tags will ensure all your precious cargo gets where it needs to go, no matter the destination.

So, grab your favorite guide, pack up your wares, and in the words of the wise ‘ole Dr. Seuss, ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go‘.

Image courtesy of Harlex.


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Bec Brittain SHY Table Lamp

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When first introduced to Bec Brittain via the pages of T Magazine, we lit up at the credits of this Brooklyn-based creative. Finding ourselves delightedly lost in the portfolio of her work, it was the Shy Light Collection that shot to the top of our interior wishlist.

The collection, a modular system of L.E.D. tubes and brass hardware (also available in a myriad of other finishes for those less inclined to go ‘golden’), is the quintessential marriage of geometry and lumens. Each design, with the capacity to be hung from any point within its structure, is markedly less a functional necessity, and more a sculptural piece of art. One of our favorites, the table lamp, couldn’t be more naturally suited to illuminate our gilded office.

All images courtesy of Bec Brittain.


April 3, 2013

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LR Bag Overview


It’s no secret that when we’re looking to inject a little pep in our step, we head straight to our favorite footwear designer, Loeffler Randall. With products described as ‘a mix of refined sophistication and downtown cool’, our closet is testament to the success of this rising fashion house. As those in the creative world well know, brand identity is undeniably as important as any product itself. When we uncovered the team behind the branding of our best-loved kicks, we nearly did a two-step in sheer excitement.

RoAndCo, a multidisciplinary design studio based in Tribeca, took great strides to create an aesthetic that captures the heart of this contemporary lifestyle brand. A clean type treatment, with notes of effortless style in both print and online media, result in a finished package that complements the product with equal parts poise and panache. And from where we stand, the signature pale pink box, kissed with a golden logo, couldn’t more perfectly emulate our own design philosophy here at The Gilded Lobster, classic style with a pinch of glam.

All images courtesy of RoAndCo. 

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