Collaborations at The Durham
The Durham is proud to feature collaborative partnerships with friends we love, from North Carolina and beyond.
Los Angeles-based studio, COMMUNE designed the look and feel of The Durham Hotel. Known for their ability to harmonize eclectic elements with traditional surroundings, Commune is recognized worldwide for its commercial and residential projects. Conscientious materials that highlight the architecture of the original building have been handpicked and utilized throughout The Durham Hotel.
RALEIGH DENIM, renowned for their handcrafted jeans, has created one-of-a-kind blankets for each of the guest rooms. Designed with their commitment to materials and construction, while keeping the hotel’s colorful mid-century aesthetic in mind, the result is a covetable gift, which can be purchased in the hotel store.
Haand & Mimi Logothetis
Many of the small decorative items found throughout the hotel have been designed by local craftspeople and are unique to the space. Beautiful ceramic trays in guest rooms are from HAAND, a small company out of Graham, NC, devoted to high-quality modern design using traditional methods. And the individually printed porcelain egg cups used by the restaurant are made by artist MIMI LOGOTHETIS of Cedar Grove, NC.
A selection of BURT’S BEES most beloved products, such as their award-winning Beeswax Lip Balm and Hand Salve can be found as a gift in each guest room. Founded in 1984 and headquartered here in Durham, Burt’s Bees strives to make natural products available to everyone.
Counter Culture Coffee
The hotel Coffee Bar exclusively features COUNTER CULTURE COFFEE. Searching the world for the best coffee beans and selling at the peak of freshness, Durham’s very own Counter Culture is dedicated to quality products and consumer education. Our collaboration includes a personalized morning coffee program, tailored to each guest’s tastes and delivered right to the room.
Around the lobby and Restaurant, you will find lots of blooms filling the space. These arrangements are from our friends at Bluebird Meadows, located right here in Durham. From beautifully dried bouquets in the cold months to fresh seasonal blooms in the warm ones, Bluebird Meadows keeps The Durham vibrant.
Our minibars are stocked with the best snacks from around the state, overseen by NC MADE.
Durham-based advisory firm SELMAN CONTEMPORARY selected artwork for the hotel, made by emerging artists living and working in North Carolina. The hotel’s restaurant features a site-specific mural by Antoine Williams. In the conference room is a wall-work by Leigh Suggs with ceramic studio Haand. The guest rooms include limited edition prints by Ashlynn Browning, Martha Clippinger, and Heather Gordon. The prints were made in collaboration with Supergraphic, a creative art studio dedicated to the production of fine art prints and print media.
Whitted Bowers & Eastern Carolina Organics
One of only two biodynamic farms on the East Coast, WHITTED BOWERS specializes in fruit and heirloom vegetables, using a diversified and balanced farm ecosystem. The Durham features Whitted Bowers’ raw honey, from their farm’s native pollinator gardens and apiary, as well as heirloom apples and fruit. EASTERN CAROLINA ORGANICS is a main supplier which plays an important role in connecting North Carolina’s small food producers with restaurants and food service providers across the state by providing shared transportation and distribution.
Carolina Ground & Local Bakers
Many of our flours are milled by Asheville’s CAROLINA GROUND. Stone ground in a gristmill, using only grains farmed in the south, the end product is a flour with a distinct flavor and texture. Carolina Ground products can be found in our kitchen and bakery, as well as artisan, hearth baked bread from CHICKEN BRIDGE BAKERY along with wood-fired bread from our neighbors at LOAF and from BOULTED BREAD in Raleigh.
Local Butchers & Cheesemakers
Local butchers THE PIG and ROSE’S MEAT MARKET & SWEET SHOP have created products served on The Roof, on our meat board, and in our minibars. FIRST HAND FOODS sources pasture-based livestock from across NC. Our cheese board features cheeses from local cheese-makers CHAPEL HILL CREAMERY and BOXCARR HANDMADE CHEESE.
FILLAREE creates all of the liquid soap and body care products found in the guest rooms and restrooms throughout the hotel, including shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, and body lotion. Fillaree’s zero-waste, refillable products are made in Durham from organic vegetable oils and essential oils.
Liberation Station Bookstore
Our newsstand is home to a permanent installation of the LIBERATION STATION Black Lit Library®, a collection of children’s books highlighting characters of color overseen by Victoria Scott-Miller. Miller is the founder and owner of the Liberation Station Bookstore, a mobile pop-up bookstore based Raleigh. Guests and visitors are invited to choose a book from the shelf and bring it inside the lobby to read in a comfortable space.
Each guest room at The Durham is fitted with a zero-waste bar of soap for handwashing, handmade by NAILAH’S SHEA in Greensboro, NC. This packaging-free soap is made with organic fair-trade shea butter, sustainable oils, and organic essential oil.
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