As the self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World, Austin’s musical roots run deep. Drawn by the creative vibe and liberal politics, a minimally successful Willie Nelson moved from Nashville to Austin in the early ’70s to join a vibrant musical community-in-the-making, including Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, and ‘a lanky Fort Worth kid with high cheekbones and a taste for liquor named Townes Van Zandt, considered by his peers as the purist songwriter of all.’ The soulful musician would go on to influence the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Norah Jones, creating a lasting impression on Austin’s history. His most recent ode is acclaimed boutique hotel, Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt.
Nestled in the happening Rainey Street Historic District on the shores of Lady Bird Lake, Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt is surrounded by a lively pocket of authentic cocktail bars and restaurants for those in-the-know. The rock ‘n’ roll theme isn’t just an aesthetic. In-house venue, Geraldine’s, boasts live music 365 nights a year. Now a big city with a small-town heart, Austin’s authentic spirit and fierce love of all that is local is evident in Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group‘s vision for this 319 guestroom hotel. The hotel is distinguished and laid back with the brand’s trademark creativity and a hot streak of independence aligned with the city’s quirky mix of hipsters and honkey-tonks Keep(ing) Austin Weird.
Farmboy Fine Arts (FBFA) took a holistic approach to the guestrooms and corridors of Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt to seamlessly integrate the wallcovering murals with the built environment, bringing the artwork into the architecture of the room. We collaborated with MARKZEFF Design, working closely to produce custom murals through a thoughtful, iterative process inspired by Van Zandt’s poetic final album No Deeper Blue. Our in-house design team explored an inky, moody palette of aubergine, navy, mauve, and charcoal, resulting in compositions that are refined, sophisticated, and deep with visual texture; the finish smooth as in painting on silk or resin. The mix of rock, folk, and western is ‘elegant cowboy with a sense of humor’ explains Interior Designer Mark Zeff of the riff on blue resonating throughout the eclectic property.
At FBFA we are known for our innovative substrates and creative content, but we are also industry experts in wallcovering—one of our top products—with the know-how to develop over-sized murals. We are as competitive as all the major vendors while delivering relevant and purposeful custom content. Our designers are able to create one-of-a-kind murals that leave a lasting impression, as we did with the watercolor brushstrokes for Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, connecting the atmosphere to the brushed brass and carefully worn wood to provide the perfect place to hang your hat in style.