18 Oct This Designer Travels: Asbury Park
I travel. If you follow me on social media, you know that. I thought it was time to post stories about my trips, the photos and what they inspire. This one is a flashback to November of 2016.
City and master waterfront developer iStar is the main driving force behind the resurrection of Asbury Park, an iconic New Jersey shore town that was made famous by Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi. Locally, iStar is the developer for Magnolia Green, a planned community with incredible multi generation appeal and amenities.
The trendy Asbury Hotel is a stylish gathering place designed by Anda Andrei.
I love seeing this very Brady era pit as the conversation hub just off the lobby. This concept would make for great people watching in a restaurant bar/lounge area.
Elevator Mural & Designer House steps
Every time the elevator stops the doors open to reveal a mural with random rock lines, a nod to the rock history of Asbury.
I loved the whimsy of rising and being entertained. This inspired me to put music lettering on the foyer steps at the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League Designer House last year.
Disco balls illuminated by small LED pendants light up this entry vestibule, creating another nod to the 80’s music scene. I love how they expanded the light with the reflections.
This circular bar design always stands out in my memory. It promotes people watching and social interaction. It also makes cocktail creation into a theater experience.
Back in the day, the Asbury Casino this was the place to be. I hear there are plans to bring it back!
The building that housed the carousel was repurposed to be an indoor skateboard park—it is no longer open though. It was my inspiration for an event space concept I did for a local establishment.
I always make time to wander downtown and see what I discover.
How cute is the way this coffee shop used a statue to hold an artichoke?
And, look at these quirky accessories that still carry the music vibe. Who doesn’t enjoy a little whimsy?