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a starting point for inspiration. The dark woods and stones and rich colour harmonies of burgundy and gold are accented with clean architectural details and polished chrome elements. The sumptuous finishes give a club-like atmosphere to the public areas, showcasing a collection of traditional and modern artwork and significant restored historic elements. The entry sequence links the hotel with the restaurant, wine bar, lounge and ballroom. The discreet reception area gives a dramatic entrance to the tea-lounge. The space features a relocated grand stair leading to the ballrooms with an Art- Deco inspired balustrade, an antique chandelier and a full-height plaster hand-moulded sculptural wall featuring natural motifs. The wine bar was inspired by traditional British clubs, using a coffered wood ceiling, rich burgundy tones and a collection of portraits combined with a custom chrome-and-glass wine display, a sofat- like banquette, and accents of zebra-print fabrics to create an intimate, cozy space. It is linked to the restaurant by an open fireplace. The restaurant becomes a garden room with bamboo chairs, a custom-designed rug, and rich natural tones, surrounded on the outside with traditional English plantings. The ballroom on the first floor has a more classical feeling, with damask wall coverings, a custom- design carpet and a coffered wood ceiling in the corridors linking the ballroom, pre-function and smaller rooms. The surrounding balcony gives light and city views to this magnificent space. The Pine and Oak Rooms feature the original wood panelling and lighting, restored to their previous glories. The early arrivals lounge is near the fitness centre and spa, providing a serene space for guests to refresh themselves. These areas are more modern in style and colour, using a palette of white and blue combined with dark wood floors and curved details to energize the space. Two distinct colour palettes were selected for the guestrooms. The sienna and butter yellow shades were developed in concert with the public space palette, drawing from classic English colours. The rooms were inspired by the staterooms on luxury passenger ships, with unique dressing areas that divide the rooms to separate the sleeping area from the bathroom. The furniture and casework uses modern takes on traditional elements like the wingback chairs and plaid wool upholstery. The suites are more classically inspired, with Asian touches, using a palette of champagne, cream and rich reds. The figured sycamore wood is accented by polished chrome, glass and bronze mirrors to give a lighter feeling to the rooms.” Pierre-Yves Rochon


he design used the 1930s as

wardrobes and cupboards. This lacquered finish, like the shiny dashboard of a classic car, adds a sophisticated masculinity to the rooms and provides an instant ageing to the interiors. With all this internal art deco splendour it’s easy to forget that you are in fact residing within a newly refurbished 1970’s building. The overall feeling of luxury is testament to the fine work of the main contractors, Beck Interiors (see ad, page 16) who have done a terrific job here; the finishes are simply superb. A tenth floor has been added to house a fitness

suite and a large spa: this is yet to be completed at the time of writing although the treatment rooms will be gloriously spacious and the views across the London skyline and over the park are spectacular. What is so special about this hotel is that

wherever you go, from room to room or floor to floor, you discover something new and unexpected. From the Lalique glass vases on display that represent the four seasons, to the 23 beautiful working fireplaces designed and installed by The Platonic Fireplace Company (see ad opposite), to


the framed photographs of 1950’s Vogue magazine cover girls that adorn the upper floor corridors. Overall it’s an exceptional project and guests

will appreciate the quality of workmanship that has gone into it. And for anyone who wants to know what makes a good all round hotel I’d recommend a visit to the Four Seasons Park Lane. • Four Seasons Hotel, Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London W1. Tel: +44 (0)20 7499 0888 Architects Reardon Smith +44 (0)20 7378 6006 Designers Pierre-Yves Rochon +33 (0)1 44 95 84 84 Main Contractor Beck Interiors +44 (0)20 8974 0500 Public Areas Joinery EE Smith +44 (0)116 270 6946 Balustrade Bisca +44 (0) 1439 771 702 Fireplaces The Platonic Fireplace Company +44 (0)20 8891 5904 Stairwell horse sculpture Jonathan Knight +44 (0)1798 342751

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