The former TWA terminal at JFK airport in New York will become a luxury hotel: the interior style “speaks Italian” thanks to the Solari flipboard, reproduced in the unique oval form typical of the Finnish architect Eero Saarinen who designed the original terminal.
Awaiting completion of the work that will lead to the opening of the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport, a facility with 500 rooms based on the famous curved lines of Saarinen, the TWA Lounge on the 86th floor was recently opened.
The TWA terminal, abandoned since 2001, will come back to life in 2018 as a hotel flanked by two new towers for the rooms, while the large terminal spaces become a lobby, a restaurant and a conference room.
The lounge is a true plunge into the past: everything is vintage, from the furnishings to the uniforms of the hostesses, all the way to the merchandising and the cigarettes, including the Solari flipboard showing departure and arrival times, with its remarkable, unforgettable sound.
The board designed by the architect Gino Valle was enclosed in an oval shell designed by Saarinen, completely covered in white tiles made by the famous mosaic craftsmen of the school of Spilimbergo, in the province of Pordenone.
in the year of the terminal’s opening, 1962, the display produced by Solari won the Compasso d’Oro award.