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06th July 2018 | Behind the scenes
Our most recent designs at the Corinthia Hotel London were unveiled last month as the hotel launched their new ‘Garden’ and ‘London’ suites.
The latter is a fantastic dual aspect suite inspired by a day in the capital and helps guests experience the city in perfect harmony, from day to night. The bedroom, overlooking the courtyard, offers a cosy, spacious retreat away from the sophistication of the city, while the main living area, overlooking Whitehall Place, is ideal for entertaining.
The Garden Suite is designed with a nod to the quintessential British garden and overlooks a beautifully landscaped courtyard. The light, fresh interior pays homage to modern living, and is the perfect pied-à-terre when visiting London. The botanical colour scheme and textures run throughout the suite. Colour pops of verdant green – in soft furnishings and live planting – create a tranquil setting. Guests open the doors directly into a living area with a feature fireplace and the main seating area which sweeps around it.
The new suites complement the existing suites and seven penthouses which evoke an elegant residential style, with expansive outside terraces complete with exceptional and previously unseen views across the capital.
“We created a world-class, five-star luxury hotel for the 21st century in the style of a grand English home,” explains Edward Davies, Managing Director of G.A Design London. “We set out to create two new and unique types of suites offering contemporary amenities and state of the art facilities to attract the most discerning of client. Art is a key focus of both new suite categories, with feature artwork and sculptures. G.A have curated a set of artistic spaces which we plan to build over time into a full-blown art collection.” he adds.
The style of artwork differs for each suite in keeping with their overall design. In the Garden Suite a more organic style of art has been chosen to represent what may be seen as a typical British garden, whether in tone, texture or colour. This theme is carried through to the carpets which feature London plane tree leaves, carved into the design as if fallen from the trees that line the streets outside.
In contrast, the cool and minimal aesthetic of the London Suite has been used to showcase a more contemporary selection of British artwork. Bold geometric shapes in vibrant colours bring energy to the room in the form of hard edged paintings and abstract expressionism and represent the diversity of the city.
Coffered ceilings, which add ambience to a space without the need for spot lights, are also a new element. To add these, the rooms were stripped to their bare bones before being reconstructed. To the walls, different mouldings have been selected for each room. In the Garden Suite a rectilinear style has been chosen to look like garden trellis, whilst a more classical style of moulding can be found in the London Suite referencing the heritage of the building.
The aim was to create spaces that feel homely, refined, understated and elegant. The new suites are grand in design, using luxurious textiles, wallcoverings, butter-soft leathers and beautiful crafted woods. All furniture has been manufactured in the UK and lighting fixtures are from Wales. A personal butler service, separate living room, oversized bed, marble bathroom with underfloor heating, built-in TV over the bathtub and a tropical rain shower are just some of the features that travellers can expect.