Boutique Design - October 2013 - 28

THOMPSON CHICAGO
BRITISH DESIGNER Tara Bernerd’s

first commission for Thompson Hotels
involved working in her own backyard,
to produce the interiors of the 85-key
Belgraves in central London. That
locale generated lots of buzz, thanks
to Bernerd’s skillful intermingling of
British and American motifs to create
an edgy-but-cozy vibe.
Now, she’s getting a chance to
interweave those two influences
on this side of the Atlantic, in the
new Thompson Chicago in that
city’s Gold Coast. The 246-key hotel,
which formerly operated as the
Sutton Place, has been renovated and
rebranded at the behest of owners AJ
Capital and Walton Street Capital.
The first phase of the Thompson
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Chicago is opening this month,
with subsequent phases to roll out
through year-end. In an exclusive interview with Boutique Design,
Bernerd provided a first look at some
of the specific elements she utilized
in the hotel’s design.
“When creating a hotel, it’s our
aim to create a space that may not
feel like home, yet somehow what
guests hoped home would feel like,”
she explains. “At Thompson Chicago,
we seek to give guests an immediate sense of invitation in the lobby
through the use of such elements as
a luxurious fireplace and a library.”
Instilling a design with a sense of
place is also important, says Bernerd.
For Chicago, that meant blending

TARA BERNERD

Tara Bernerd & Partners

elements referencing the Second
City’s modern sophistication with
raw and edgy features that reflect
its industrial past.
“As a British designer it was second
nature to bring in textiles of handsome flannel, tweeds and velvets remi-

niscent of Savile Row to this project,”
says Bernerd. “Those elements, in turn,
are married with brick walls, ceramic
floors and steel staircases.”
Bernerd says the hotel’s interiors
also place a heavy emphasis on detail
and craftsmanship. “The bar in the
restaurant is a particularly striking
example of that, as it’s made of
curved copper pipes that give it
a sculptural feel,” she notes.
In the guest rooms, Bernerd
utilized two main styles: “One adopts
a palette of petrol blues, combined
with warm, dove gray pinstripes,
while the other takes a slightly richer
style of burgundies and chocolate
browns,” she says. “In addition,
the rooms utilize such elements as
vintage leathers and smoked mirrors,
along with cushions and throws in
tweeds and pinstripes. The result
is the creation of a warm yet seductive environment.”

C O U R T E S Y O F TA R A B E R N E R D & PA R T N E R S ( G U E S T R O O M ) ; A L E X L A K E ( B E R N E R D )

Guest rooms within
the Thompson Chicago
feature two main color
schemes: one dominated by chocolate
browns and burgundies
(shown), and the other
utilizing petrol blue
and dove gray.


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Boutique Design - October 2013
Contents
From the Editor
In This Issue
The Buzz
Design Deconstructed
Hot Properties
Super Supperclub
Bringing It Home
BDNY Preview
Products: BDNY Exhibitors
Last Detail
Boutique Design - October 2013 - Intro
Boutique Design - October 2013 - Boutique Design - October 2013
Boutique Design - October 2013 - Cover2
Boutique Design - October 2013 - 1
Boutique Design - October 2013 - Contents
Boutique Design - October 2013 - 3
Boutique Design - October 2013 - From the Editor
Boutique Design - October 2013 - 5
Boutique Design - October 2013 - 6
Boutique Design - October 2013 - 7
Boutique Design - October 2013 - In This Issue
Boutique Design - October 2013 - 9
Boutique Design - October 2013 - The Buzz
Boutique Design - October 2013 - 11
Boutique Design - October 2013 - 12
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Boutique Design - October 2013 - Design Deconstructed
Boutique Design - October 2013 - 25
Boutique Design - October 2013 - Hot Properties
Boutique Design - October 2013 - 27
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Boutique Design - October 2013 - Super Supperclub
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Boutique Design - October 2013 - BDNY Preview
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