14/15 Henrietta St - Covent Garden - London
Henrietta Hotel is my first hotel in London, but fourth project in London with the Experimental Group. 18 rooms hotel + restaurant by chef Ollie Dabbous. My first inspiration for the Hotel was the street itself ! I always try to start from the neighborhood. On henrietta St, buildings are very traditional : flat but with all kind of roof shapes and windows ornementations, very rich and different from each other. It reminded me of the antique ornementations : arches, capitals, bas-relief... and also all those amazing door frames we can find in apartments in Milan. Following this inspiration I have designed gigantic bed heads, conceived as a bas relief with a mix of elements : mirror, fabric panels with fabrics from Rubelli, hand painted patterns... All assembled by hand. Also all doors have capitals on top, and a glass capital btw bathroom and room. For the rooms carpet I have designed a pattern inspired by the shape of the "mosaïque casson", and all skirting are in white Carrara marble. There are four different harmonies of colors to make the 18 rooms all different ! Bed side lights are in brass and very high, sealed in the bed side table. And as I usually mix elements and styles, I have taken elements from the 70's and designed a little armchair inspired by Pierre Paulin's work and have used some brushed aluminium elements. For the bathroom the basins area have been conceived as a fountain : two large pieces of granit at 90°, with a shape inspired by the shape of one of henrietta street building and where the large mirror sits. Floor is more traditional with black and white octogonal tiles and cabochons.
* HENRIETTA HOTEL HAS BEEN SHORTLISTED IN THE BEST URBAN HOTELS BY WALLPAPER IN 2017*
© crédit photos KAREL BALAS