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  •  blood red is powerful... (0+ / 0-)

    Walter Chrysler's dining room at the top of New York's Chrysler Building had blood red carpet -- and mirrored walls with silhouettes of auto workers stenciled on them in black -- and the effect was fairly intimidating, especially the first few minutes.  So Walter apparently understood that "the enemy would be weakened" by the decor, and he was probably at his best negotiating over lunch there.  

    •  Is that room still decorated that way? (0+ / 0-)

      Are there photos available?

      Pretty amazing!

      :)

      --UB.

      "Daddy, every time a bell rings, a Randian Libertaria­n picks up his Pan Am tickets for the Libertaria­n Paradise of West Dakota!"

      by unclebucky on Mon May 20, 2013 at 04:20:14 PM PDT

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      •  inside the Cloud Club (1+ / 0-)
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        Try this link:

        http://bettysbrownies.files.wordpress.com/...

        or this link:

        http://www.decopix.com/...

        I saw the room in the late 1980s and it seemed a bit darker than it appears here.  

        You can also find some great shots of the Cloud Club's main dining room, including this one:

        http://ephemeralnewyork.files.wordpress.com/...

        and this one:

        http://en.academic.ru/...

        As you can see, the ceiling was painted to resemble the clouds and sky, and the walls were painted to capture the actual skyscape of midtown and lower Manhattan at the time the room was designed.

        And this picture includes a hint of another dining room with a mural:

        http://ephemeralnewyork.files.wordpress.com/...

        Sadly, the Cloud Club was closed in the early 1970s and may have been entirely dismantled in recent years.  When I saw it, most of the furnishings were gone, as were the kitchen fixtures, but seeing just the walls gave one a great idea of how the place must have seemed in its prime.  

        Architecture/design has deteriorated significantly in recent years, but there was a time when buildings like the Chrysler Building had custom-designed detailing on doorknobs, radiators, mailboxes, lights, etc. and were created of the finest wood, marble and metal available.  

        If you can find anyone who works in the Chrysler Building, you may still be able to get in to see the elevators, which have magnificent doors and elevator cars that have inlaid-wood interiors (on the walls and ceiling); there are about 32 elevator cars, and each has a different, sumptuous interior.  

        Otherwise, since September 11th, you cannot even view the lobby, which is stunning.  

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