Design for Living - Marylebone, London
The Berkeley Hotel has always been one of the coolest and most discreet
hotels in London. I was asked to take a look at the Chelsea Suite. I found it charming and
original but the layout was wasteful and there was no circulation. I resolved
to retain the charm but bring the layout up to date and return the glamour that
once made the suite Peter Ustinov’s choice of residence when in town.By removing the secondary entrance hall, I could double the size of the
bathroom. Double doors were placed between the bedroom, bathroom and sitting
room to improve flow in the suite.
With the spatial planning problems resolved, the suite’s décor could be
reinvigorated, retaining the beautiful period features and introducing modern
sophistication and style.The bespoke interior incorporates a carpet evocative of 50’s “Mayfair
Regency” that we specially designed for the suite and the curtains are made in
a textile that is a revival of a 1930’s Venetian design by Rubelli.
A cast bronze bar was designed in the studio and made by Based Upon, a
London-based team known for their large-scale artworks and sculptural
furniture.Crocodile-skin covered chairs have a hint of rock-star glamour; the
aesthetic repeated in the bedroom with a wall upholstered in a satin fabric. The bathroom was decorated with black granite and handcrafted marble mosaic
tiles. This room was also given a secondary door as a “secret escape” into the
The redecoration of the Chelsea Suite has proven to be a great success for the Berkeley Hotel, with a new generation of celebrities – the staff whispered to me that it’s the favourite stop over for David and Victoria Beckham.We slotted in new tall doors, to create more flow between rooms and squeezed in lots of storage. Mrs. Client requested a glamorous bathroom, which we did and we also managed to create a second bathroom for him.
The bathroom features black granite and hand crafted mosaic tiles.
This room was also given a secondary door as a “secret escape” into the entrance hall.
A cast bronze bar was designed in the studio and made by Based Upon, a London-based team known for their sculptural furniture.
The bathroom was decorated with black granite and handcrafted marble mosaic tiles.
Crocodile-skin covered chairs have a hint of rock-star glamour.