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The Taschen reading room is also a fully functional bookstore, meaning you can read your book on site...or take it home with you.
In a lounge space, Jessica Rath?s photograph of an apple tree is matched by a Piet Hein Eek chandelier; chairs upholstered in Donna Wilson Nos Da wool complement a mixed-media piece by Nicolas Deshayes. The public spaces were designed by Kristen Lee and Brady Cunningham, owners of the Joule's Ten Over Six boutique.
Just outside the Taschen reading room, Dan Rees's Shaker Peg Painting presides over a Piet Hein Eek table. The fab chandelier is by The Future Perfect.
New York DJ/artist Andrew Kuo's Everything I Know Is Probably Wrong on 9/12/12 is featured in the lobby.
Sculptures by Anthony Pearson and Tony Cragg are included in the hotel's ambitious collection.
Weekend Coffee, located just off the lobby space, serves coffee from Seattle's Victrola Coffee Roasters. A La Marzocco espresso machine dispenses the brew into Heath Ceramics mugs. Artist Julie Thevenot's Spirit Wall Hanging adds panache to the coffee-shop space.
Dark hardwoods and a multicolored carpet accent the hotel's primary lobby space off Main Street.
Upon entering or leaving, look up: The Joule's pool is an architectural gem.
Remember the library from your college days?
The Joule Hotel’s reading room is 100 percent nothing like that.
At the lushly renovated downtown hotel, which is currently putting the finishing touches on its Espa spa, you’ll find the most relaxing hotel lobby, perhaps ever?
Spend a blissed-out afternoon at the Taschen reading room, where a bevy of beautiful books is waiting for you to peruse at your leisure (we recommend Vivienne Westwood). Migrate to one of the Jason Miller sofas to read your book and stare longingly at the hotel’s indie-curated collection of modern art--think Rainer Judd’s Fleur de Monet and work from New York DJ-slash-artist Andrew Kuo.
Weekend Coffee, the lobby’s de rigueur hospitality experience, only adds to the ambience. There may not be a more indulgent yet low-cal treat than a creamy Victrola espresso served in a Heath Ceramics cup.
It’s just like your living room, only prettier.
Joule Hotel, 1530 Main St.; 214-748-1300 or thejouledallas.com
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