Check out this hotel's unique approach to intersecting art, style, and travel.
Here at Consort, we love to travel, and we love to get inspired when we are on the road.
In exploring Columbus, Ohio’s Short North Arts District, we fell in love with The Joseph’s unique approach to intersecting art, style, and travel.
From the moment you walk through the doors of The Joseph, you realize you are entering a vibrant, innovative space. Guests are greeted by a colorful installation by artist KAWS entitled “NYT” that overlooks the lobby lounge area. Aptly named “the Hub”, the room sets an inspired, creative tone and doubles as a unique venue where guests can work, relax, or socialize surrounded by art.
As you explore the hotel further, you’re confronted by an unmistakably impeccable attention to detail. The layout is thoughtfully designed to showcase artistic moments. The private art collection is worldly and well-curated, juxtaposed with local touches like Ohio River wood ceilings and Ohio Amish-made midcentury furniture. The vibe is edgy, modern, and playful. The spaces are bright and bold.
Soul at the Joseph, the hotel's daytime coffee and nighttime craft cocktail bar, features an art installation by Nari Ward entitled “West LiquorsouL”.
The art collection featured in The Joseph has been meticulously curated by the Pizzuti Collection, a nonprofit organization that presents modern art exhibitions in Columbus. While the Pizzuti Collection rotates temporary exhibits at a dedicated downtown gallery space, The Joseph houses a mixture of pieces selected from the personal collection of hotel owners Ron and Ann Pizzuti (the hotel is named after Ron’s father, Joseph Pizzuti) as well as local artist works commissioned by the Pizzuti family. “The art gives the space an energy and a feel,” muses Rebecca Ibel, director and curator for the Pizzuti Collection. “They are not easy pieces, they are difficult works. Things that will make you think and smile if you open yourself to it.”
Embracing the philosophy that art and design play a key role in influencing the hospitality industry for the better, The Joseph is focused on creating a sensory experience for guests to remember long beyond check-out. Says Kellee Marker, director of sales and marketing for The Joseph, “Our mission is to expose the creative-minded traveller to the most unexpected and engaging experiences that Columbus has to offer, inside and outside the hotel, so they leave feeling fulfilled, having made a unique discovery they can share at their next stop.”
What type of art inspires you? Musings welcome below!
Photos by Jim Kruger, Landmark Photography & Design, LLC