What excites you about recreating the public spaces at One Aldwych?
It’s a real thrill for us to be working on the redesign of One Aldwych. I was studying for my degree when the hotel was previously designed and it was a building that was referenced a lot at the time so to be redesigning the space now is a real honour. We’re particularly excited to see the columns in the lobby come to life with enveloping plaster lights and bronze sculptural greeter desks, inspired by Henry Moore sculptures.
What are the advantages in working in an historical, listed building such as ours?
The building has some fabulous original features that we’ve drawn upon in our design. The art nouveau iron fanlight over the entrance is particularly beautiful and we have designed bronze screens and a beautiful marble floor inlay to embody the essence of this design.
The vision for Indigo is to create a restaurant gallery space overlooking the lobby in tones of indigo. We’ve upholstered the backs of the banquettes in a beautiful woven indigo patterned fabric that’s offset with plaster and bronze lamps. These sit against timber panelling offset with copper eglomise mirrors (metal leaf applied on the back of glass).
Generally speaking, what are the main challenges you face as a design studio that specialises in the hospitality sector versus residential projects or shops?