Hotel rooms are a special category of objects for any designer. On the one hand, the room should provide maximum comfort for the inhabitants. It should be homey and cozy, but it should not deprive its inhabitant of the feeling that at this moment in time he is a traveler, a free wanderer, in unusual and festive circumstances. Read more about The Connaught Hotel.
One of the most interesting hotel interiors can be found in the penthouse of London’s Connaught Hotel on May Fayre. The penthouse is rented for several months. There is no feeling of formalism in its space, which is often inherent even in the most luxurious rooms. On the contrary, the impression is that you find yourself in the apartment of your good friend, who a few minutes ago went out for a bottle of wine to celebrate a meeting. Even the fire in the marble fireplace in the living room was still burning.
Light and airy interior is full of air and light. Designer David Collins talks about it fondly: ‘The penthouse at Connaught was a milestone for me. We were able to create an interesting architectural space in a very small space. It had to reflect the style of the whole hotel but also be different. I wanted it to be residential but also lighter. All of this: the unusual space, the abundance of light, and the great location influenced me during the work, and was the starting point for my creativity.
A transparent colour scheme, understated nobility of classics and maximum use of the unusual layout of the room are the obvious components of the charm of this apartment. The living room with a ceiling, which is more typical for a rich country house and in an urban space is only possible on the top floor; the chandelier, which in this space does not seem huge, but only adds grace to the interior; the austerity of the straight lines of the fireplace portal… All this is in harmony with the cosy soft furniture and light fabric of the window curtains.
Step towards the loggia and thanks to the wrought iron furniture and sprawling lavender bushes you find yourself in a cosy provincial atmosphere. Meanwhile, stroll around the teak deck or sit in cosy armchairs and enjoy views of one of London’s central squares, Carlos Place.
The master bedroom is a bright, low-ceilinged room with a four-poster bed, reading area and breakfast table. The same gentle tones, the same sense of lightness and unconventionality. A separate adjoining dressing room takes over the entire storage function; it is also furnished with a boudoir table. The second bedroom is captivating with a regally sized bed, but the walk-in closet is no longer dedicated as a separate room. But the bathrooms in both cases are spacious and classically austere.
As a true residence (albeit temporary), the penthouse has separate guest rooms and a room that will house the butler and servants. The dining room can accommodate up to ten guests. The interior is aimed at people with refined taste, which is emphasized by antique paintings with views of May-fair on the walls, as well as a chic collection of books with reproductions of works of art and literature of a bygone century on the shelves in the corridor.
Although the entire Penhouse shares a common aesthetic, there is something special about every corner that makes the inexplicable mystery of its charm all the more apparent. The interior is still alluring and appealing.