Partners Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is among the world’s leading architecture, interior design, engineering and urban-planning firms. Its 75-year reputation for design excellence is built on a portfolio that includes some of the most important architectural accomplishments of the 20th and 21st centuries, earning over 1,600 awards for quality, innovation and management. The American Institute of Architects has recognized SOM twice with its highest honor, the Architecture Firm Award—in 1962 and 1996. Its projects include One World Trade Center in New York, the Park Hyatt Hyderabad in India, and the Rolex Tower in Dubai. SH GROUP SH Group, an affiliate of global private investment firm Starwood Capital Group, is a hotel brand management company. Leveraging its marketing, design, operational and technological expertise, SH Group is the force behind some of the most groundbreaking and dynamic hotel brands in the world. It operates 1 Hotels, a nature-inspired lifestyle brand with locations in Miami, Manhattan and Brooklyn. The group also operates Baccarat Hotels & Resorts, born in March 2015 with the opening of its flagship property in New York—soon to be followed by Bordeaux and Doha. TRIBECA ASSOCIATES Tribeca Associates is a private, New York-based real estate development and acquisition firm led by Bill Brodsky, Elliott Ingerman and Mark Gordon. Leveraging years of experience in the New York marketplace, the firm’s partners are guided by a uniquely hands-on entrepreneurial approach that delivers exceptional assets. The firm’s expertise in developing landmark hospitality, residential, and commercial assets in Manhattan creates properties that reflect the distinctive attributes of each location. In addition to Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York, its recent projects include The Smyth Hotel and Residences, Artisan Lofts, and 170 Broadway. Gilles & Boissier Gilles & Boissier, the interior design agency of Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier, was founded in 2004. In less than a decade, the Paris-based company has garnered an impressive string of high-profile international commissions, critical acclaim and industry awards. Their work on signature interiors for major clients includes the W Hotel in Shanghai; the villas for the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Marrakech; Hakkasan restaurant in Abu Dhabi and Miami; Maison Boulud in Beijing; and Moncler stores in New York, Milan, and Paris. STARWOOD CAPITAL GROUP Starwood Capital Group is a private, U.S.-based investment firm with a focus on global real estate. Since the group’s inception in 1991, Starwood has completed over 465 transactions representing $36 billion, and currently manages more than $42 billion in assets. Chairman and CEO Barry Sternlicht is the founder of Starwood Resorts & Hotels, W Hotels and the expanded St. Regis Hotel Group. With the opening of Baccarat, he has made it his mandate to create a refuge worthy of the revered name of this internationally renowned maker of French crystal.