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perspectives

sketchbook

me london
> Thanks to hosting the 2012 Olympics,

London’s hotel development has been on
overdrive. That continues with the longawaited opening of ME London, in a landmark
triangular building on the Strand.
Over the past eight years, Foster +
Partners designed the interiors and exteriors
for the 157-room hotel, fusing it with an
87-apartment complex in adjoining Marconi
House, the original 1904 home of BBC Radio.
The hotel’s Portland stone façade, triangular
oriel windows, elliptical corner tower, and
Edwardian-style glass cupola loom over

the corner of Strand and crescent-shaped
Aldwych in West End’s theater district.
The design balances a bold black and
white palette of interior furnishings and
tones—white leather walled bedrooms and
reflective black marble corridors—with the
more monumental, traditional exterior says
Nigel Dancey, senior partner at Foster +
Partners. “We took the city as our inspiration:
the grand scale of Aldwych, the detailing of
neighboring Marconi House, the views over
the West End from the roof gardens, and drew
on these to give guests a unique experience
of London. The site has a fascinating history,
most notably as the home of the Gaiety
Theatre. We tried to recapture a little of the
spirit and glamour of the stage.”
The focus, says Dancey, is the 11-story
atrium-reception area, with its shooting
star—or starfish—lights projected on the
walls. As he says: “There are clues about what
is happening behind the façade, but the full
drama of the lobby and reception spaces is not
revealed until you step inside. Its pyramidal
form follows the triangular footprint of the
building—everything radiates from this core:
the black marble corridors wrap around it;
the rooms extend from the center towards
the street to take advantage of views; and the
angled windows project outside, flooding the
rooms with daylight.”

le bar du bristol

> Her husband’s library in Bielefeld, Germany is a place “where we all
like to be,” says Maja Oetker, owner of stately Paris hotel Le Bristol. That
familiar, inviting setting became the inspiration for the glamorous new
Le Bar du Bristol—a result of the property’s extensive renovations—that
Oetker designed in collaboration with Pierre-Yves Rochon. “Our mission
was to create a beautiful bar, different from all other hotel bars in Paris,
yet one that integrated Bristol style and taste,” she says. This means
words like harmony, cozy, and chic were kept top of mind throughout the
design process.
Like the rest of Le Bristol, the bar is ornate and classy but decidedly
masculine, with Versailles oak flooring, a 19th-century marble fireplace,
100-year-old English pine, a Thierry Bruet fresco, and an array of Italian
silk, velour, leather, and animal print fabrics. Dominating the room is
an 18th-century French Aubusson tapestry. The peacock glimpsed in it,
also found at the bar’s entrance, is the highlight, says Oetker: “It stands
for elegance and beauty, and for the overall motive of Le Bristol’s nature,
garden, and flowers—an island to relax in the center of noisy Paris.”

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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013
Contents
Online TOC
From the Editor
From the Show Director
People
People
Sketchbook
Interview: Jay Pecotte
5 Questions for Harry Apostolides
Profile: Dirk Wynants
Trends: Door Handles
Furniture
Lighting
Textiles
Places to Watch
Mama Shelter Marseille
L’and Vineyards Hotel
The Fish Shack
Hotel Topazz
Ad Index
Back Space
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Online TOC
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 20
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 21
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - From the Editor
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 24
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 25
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 26
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - From the Show Director
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - People
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 33
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - People
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Sketchbook
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 43
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 44
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 45
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 46
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Interview: Jay Pecotte
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 48
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 49
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 5 Questions for Harry Apostolides
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 51
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Profile: Dirk Wynants
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 56
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Trends: Door Handles
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 58
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Furniture
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 60
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 62
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Lighting
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Textiles
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Places to Watch
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Mama Shelter Marseille
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 87
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - L’and Vineyards Hotel
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - The Fish Shack
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Hotel Topazz
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Back Space
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