The clients with whom I’m currently working dropped a magazine tear on my desk recently. On the other side of the tear was the image below and I was unable to get it out of my head for days. Upon further investigation I discovered it was a room in Kettner’s in London’s Soho, literally a 30 second walk from my office. When I went out for drinks for my birthday a few days later I decided to go there, mainly to check out the interiors. I didn’t get to see this particular room in the end since it’s one that they hire out, but I’m obsessed with it! The contrast of the old and new and the dark and moody with the bright and poppy is spot on.
Below pic – a great idea for a bar, big chunky table painted a brilliant hue.
The powder room, below is a bit muted for me, but what I love is that neither the chair, nor the lamps, nor the mirrors are matching pairs.
It turns out the design was by the brilliant Ilse Crawford whose portfolio image below has been in my inspiration binder for years. Image below is not Kettner’s but it is a public place, a hotel I think (can’t remember which) and I think that’s what makes it so unexpected. It looks like someone’s home doesn’t it? You don’t often see such a haphazard collage in a hotel room. That’s why I love her.