This New D.C. Hotel Fuses Social Impact With Refined Design
By Michael M. Clements| October 19, 2018 |
Eaton DC fuses K Street social impact with mod interiors and new Tim Ma restaurant.
Eaton DC is the first location from ownership entity Eaton Workshop—its second outpost opens in Hong Kong this fall. Aside from being a hotel, Eaton House memberships are available from $600 to $4,500 a month.
Does chic mix with social justice? If you ask Eaton Workshop (1201 K St. NW, D.C.) founder and president Katherine Lo, the answer is resoundingly yes. “What we are offering is more than material finishes and physical things. We’re offering an intellectual, holistic, cultural and spiritual experience. If people are attracted to that, they will stay here. Also, the furnishings are nice, too,” says Lo. Indeed they are. The hybrid hotel and co-working space commands a corner on Washington’s most high-powered corridor, has a warm midcentury modern vibe and is certified LEED Gold. There is an emphasis on analog simplicity, storytelling and a commitment to ethical materials. “It is built on our brand values of tribe, planet, creativity, compassion and higher purpose,” Lo says. Who will stay here? Lo says tourists and travelers that align with their brand ethos. She notes, “There are a lot of A-list Hollywood and luxury professionals organizing and lobbying in Washington.” Tim Ma’s on-site restaurant, American Son, should attract travelers and locals alike. The concept is based on seeing new American food through the immigrant lens of his own background as a son of Asian parents. Cultural programming plays an important role as well—arts leader Sheldon Scott is partnering with local groups, activists and organizers to create a full slate of talks, meetups, concerts, screenings and more. So grab an ayurvedic beverage at the on-site Kintsugi coffee shop and connect tastefully with your inner organizer.