Chelsea Suite

The Berkeley Hotel

The Berkeley Hotel has always been one of the coolest and most discreet hotels in London.

I was asked to take a look at the Chelsea Suite. I found it charming and original but the layout was wasteful and there was no circulation. I resolved to retain the charm but bring the layout up to date and return the glamour that once made the suite Peter Ustinov’s choice of residence when in town.

By removing the secondary entrance hall, I could double the size of the bathroom. Double doors were placed between the bedroom, bathroom and sitting room to improve flow in the suite.

With the spatial planning problems resolved, the suite’s décor could be reinvigorated, retaining the beautiful period features and introducing modern sophistication and style.

The bespoke interior incorporates a carpet evocative of 50’s “Mayfair Regency” that we specially designed for the suite and the curtains are made in a textile that is a revival of a 1930’s Venetian design by Rubelli.

A cast bronze bar was designed in the studio and made by Based Upon, a London-based team of artists and designers known for their large-scale artworks and sculptural furniture.

Crocodile-skin covered chairs have a hint of rock-star glamour; the aesthetic repeated in the bedroom with a wall upholstered in a satin fabric.

The bathroom was decorated with black granite and handcrafted marble mosaic tiles. This room was also given a secondary door as a “secret escape” into the entrance hall.

The redecoration of the Chelsea Suite has proven to be a great success for the Berkeley Hotel, with a new generation of celebrities – the staff whispered to me that it’s the favourite stop over for David and Victoria Beckham.