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We had the exclusive opportunity to sit down with George Moore, the Managing Director of Forty 1° North.

INTERVIEW

What was your design inspiration for Forty 1° North?

Yachts are a big part of the culture of Newport. When we were designing Forty 1° North, we were inspired by the interiors of some of the beautiful super-yachts that docked in Newport- and at the same time we were influenced by some very chic cosmopolitan hotels like the Delano in Miami and The Crosby Street Hotel in NYC. We wanted to achieve a casually glamorous seaside aesthetic.

What is unique about your property?

Luxury and beauty are nothing new in Newport, but Forty 1° North broke the mould when we introduced a modern urban destination right on the waterfront.

What was important about having Frette in your property?

We wanted to create an experience for our guests that was thoughtfully curated. Everything from the glassware on the bedside table, to the bath products (Malin + Goetz) were selected for high quality and beauty. Frette linens were an easy choice for us because they exemplify impeccable quality and design beauty.

What are the most important decorative elements in your home?

Simplicity and quality.

What are your three most important elements when designing a bedroom/room?

A room should serve its purpose well. Bedrooms are for sleeping, so an extremely comfortable bed, appropriate acoustics, good ventilation and restful lighting are key in my mind.

What does it feel like to wrap yourself in Frette?

That’s a funny question. I think Brooke Shields expressed it best,“nothing comes between me and my”…Frette.

How do you define luxury?

Regardless of your personal taste in aesthetics or lifestyle, luxury is the combination of impeccable quality, beauty, and thoughtful service.

If you only have 72 hours in Newport what would you recommend doing or seeing?

You can really pack in a lot in 72 hours! You must get on the water, maybe on a 12m classic America’s Cup racing yacht. Tour a mansion- the Breakers is the most opulent. Eat and drink a lot; Newport has a burgeoning edgy culinary scene mixed with a well-established staid dining scene. Go to a polo match.

What’s your favorite restaurant in Newport?

That’s kind of an unfair question. The Grill at Forty 1° North is genuinely my favourite restaurant. I’m especially fond of Chef Nunez’s seafood preparations. But, my favourite restaurant that is not one of ours, is Stoneacre Pantry. Those guys cut their teeth in NYC, mostly the West Village, and have been doing some really terrific stuff in Newport since the day they opened around a year ago. I would be remiss to not mention Tallulah and TSK, though. They are both excellent as well.

Forty 1° North. can be reached at the below address

  • 351 Thames St, Newport
  • RI 02840C
  • (401) 846-8018
  • http://www.41north.com/