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GS: Who supplied the furniture? JT: All items of furniture in the new suites are bespoke. We designed each piece to be multi-functional and specific to the room it’s in, ensuring both practical and stylistic requirements are met.

the hotel is the carpet I designed which features a repeating blossom branch print. Produced by Axminster Carpets, the neutral colour complements the different design schemes in each public area. In the reception area the lead colour is gold;

warm and welcoming it immediately conveys the feeling of luxury and opulence. Preciosa pendant lights accentuate those all-important first impressions and provide the bright light needed to offset the darker walls. We incorporated Chesterfield padded wall panels giving a nod to tradition while softening and complementing the small space.

GS: Have you changed the hotel’s bar? JT: Te owners wanted to retain the dark walls and flooring in the bar area so we opted for a decadent black and gold scheme. We added multi-level lighting; small grouped seating and

created cosy areas and nooks. Upholstered in embossed patterned leather, high-backed Wychwood Design chairs help create an intimate experience for guests, while soft textured furnishings and floor coverings add softness and make the space comfortable.

GS: How have you designed the bedrooms? JT: Many have been remodeled and extended. Each guest room and suite has been individually designed and decorated to maintain the quirky, eclectic style of the hotel. It’s rarely seen on this scale and the result is a wonderful range of beautifully designed rooms with their own character and personality. As well as the visible changes to the

interiors, furnishings and fixings, we also improved less obvious - but equally important - aspects of the rooms, such as the wiring, which has been updated to meet new requirements.

GS: What aspect of the redesign are you most pleased with? JT: As our proposals had to work with the existing features of each room and each room is individually designed and decorated, the renovation essentially became 42 individual projects. Tis was more extensive in some cases than others, but each had its own idiosyncrasies to either harmonise with or embellish upon. Tis aspect of the project was the most challenging and I’m pleased to have proven it can be done – and done well. On a personal level, I particularly enjoy the

Cadogan suite, which is very lavish and evokes a sense of playful whimsy. And I often think about the juxtaposition of colour, texture and pattern in the Guinness Suite, which to me feels extremely elegant and refined.

11 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea, London SW3. Tel: +44 (0)207 730 7000

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