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RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL REVEALS DESIGN CONCEPT FOR LONDON’S LANGHAM


Ahead of its re-launch in June following a period of major renovation and refurbishment, hotel and restaurant interior design specialist, Richmond International, reveals its design concept for The Langham London. Richmond has been responsible for the transformation of the interiors of this historic building, including the entrance lobby, reception, the Palm Court lounge, extensive conference and banqueting facilities, bedrooms and suites.

“In keeping with Richmonds philosophy of making every project individual and specific to its location and structure, the interiors at The Langham re-capture the original personality and status of what was one of the first grand hotels in Europe,” says Jane Wickings, associate, Richmond International.

Built in 1865, The Langham was designed to capture the graciousness and elegance of the Victorian world by combining the styles of the grand country house, the sophisticated town house and the comfort of an English gentleman’s club. At that time, its sumptuous décor included an eclectic mix of influences from all over the world, including Italian plaster relief ceilings and intricate mosaic flooring; Moorish murals inspired by designs in Constantinople and Spain; and over 15,000 yards of Persian tapestry carpet.

“Our aim has been to re-create this sense of Englishness and sophistication, reflecting the architecture, proportions and interiors of London’s grand houses in the late 19th century. We have used more contemporary finishes and design details that sit comfortably alongside the more classic elements to ensure that the hotel will regain its individual character and position in the luxury market. This strong juxtaposition of past and present will not only make it relevant for today but will also create a design that has a timeless quality.”

All aspects of the design combine modern elements and traditional methods and crafts, with many items, from the furnishings, carpets and fabrics to the light fittings, accessories  and artwork, bespoke and unique to The Langham. Specially commissioned pendants and chandeliers of hand-blown Murano glass feature in the Lobby and Palm Court, together with richly figured marbles and timbers. References to the heritage and style of the hotel are evident throughout the public areas with decorative details incorporated into custom-made bronze and glass gates and metalwork feature panels in the Reception.

Reflecting the Asian and Eastern influences on English Society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a hint of the Orient is evident in today’s design, mainly in the form of specially-commissioned artwork by leading contemporary artists from Hong Kong, China and the UK but also as decorative elements in the new Guestrooms.

A key part of the design concept is the reinstatement of the Palm Court lounge as the heart of the hotel. Here the sophisticated design sees contemporary materials and feature finishes mixed with the classic sparkle of cut mirrors and crystal. The rich colour palette of the soft furnishings and vibrancy of the timbers and marbles help to create an environment that is glamorous and elegant without being too self conscious. An element of humour is added by the sculptures that are set in the recesses of one of the entrances from the Lobby.

Reorientation of the reception, which now includes a new lounge area, has allowed the original bay windows to reveal the views down Portland Place with its heritage architecture and to create a more welcoming arrival experience for the guest which clearly defines the character of the Hotel.

Five new bedroom schemes have been introduced, which although defined by different styles and colours, remain within the overall design concept of an English residence, combining contemporary and traditional elements. Touches such as paisley throws, decorative accessories from the Far East and Europe, hint at the eclectic mix of styles that would traditionally have been found in heritage domestic interiors, resulting from the European Grand Tours of the 19th century.

The colour palettes for the guestrooms are based on precious stones with therapeutic properties such as jade, topaz, amethyst and ruby, which have been mixed with greys, ochre and soft whites to create a welcome ‘oasis of calm’ for the guests. In all the new bedroom schemes, artwork has been specially commissioned that is individual to that scheme.

Email: caroline@redworks.co.uk


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