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ANOUSKA HEMPEL
ANOUSKA HEMPEL DESIGN

8 Patterned green velvet,
light reflections and Indian
lanterns cast a mysterious
aura at a private club in
Florence, Italy.

COURTESY OF ANOUSK A HEMPEL DESIGN

DOYENNE AND STYLE SETTER, Anouska Hempel, founder of Londonbased Anouska Hempel Design (AHD), is a tigress with at least nine lives. A
queen of invention and reinvention, she acted in television and film, including
a spell as a "Bond Girl" before turning her hand to fashion, creating haute
couture for the likes of Princess Diana and Princess Margaret. To London
society, she is Lady Weinberg, wife of Sir Mark Weinberg. Last, but certainly
not least, to the hotel industry, she is the creative force behind the design of
the iconic Blakes Hotel in the South Kensington area of London. Over four
decades on from its 1978 debut, the destination-which some argue really was
the world's first "boutique" hotel-is still as smart as ever.
"Blakes was born out of a fantasy of travel, common sense, friends and intuition, a combination that seems to have sustained it until today," she says. "Each
differently designed bedroom has its own personality and coveted following. The
guest list is as glorious as anyone would have it, with eclectic mixes of singers,
actors and elegant down-and-out poets and writers. I certainly would have given
a lot of time to Oscar Wilde if he had been staying there!"
Theatrics and fashion mingle with fantastic decadence in Hempel's interior
designs, expressions of an imagination fired by a zest for life. Out-of-the-box
inspirations make for genre-defying designs. For the all-white minimalist interiors of her namesake hotel, The Hempel, which was open in London from
1997-2013, a Mars candy bar that appeared to "float" on the sidewalk became a
revelation. "Oil and water on the pavement made the sky meet the sea in a
strange silvery oil slick that became one," she says. "I thought, 'I can turn this
into something better.'"
At the other end of the spectrum is the elaborate yet grounded-in-earthlydelights realm of the Six Senses Duxton in Singapore's central district of Tanjong
Pagar, which debuted last year. Chinese, Malay and European touches fuse into a
layered design inspired by the nutmeg farms and shophouses that were once on
the site, as well as the region's 19th century opium dens. Yet even for an icon who
says she usually has carte blanche to create her own design brief and that her
projects are never value-engineered-"after all, I do have to keep my crown in
place in the evening and my tiara in the day!"-not everything always goes
according to plan. For example, at the Duxton, the kimonos didn't turn up for the


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Boutique Design - June 2019
Contents
From the Editor
The Buzz
Heroes And Mavericks: Fierce Friends
Fun Pass
Queens Of London
Go Small, Go Home
Products: Flooring
Products: Seating
Exit Interview
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