Interior design practice RPW Design is transforming the five-star London Marriott County Hall hotel, including the guestrooms and public areas to create a “quintessentially British” feel. This transformation will see all 200 bedrooms and suites and public spaces completed by May 2016.
RPW Design drew inspiration from the history and location of the property, in particular the decorative architectural components designed by architect Ralph Knott. The original wrought iron detailing apparent in the building’s entrance and ceremonial gates leading to the council chambers served as inspiration for the designs. The bronze tone in the linear metal work is being re-interpreted into the bespoke cabinetry and ironmongery in the guestrooms.
With the original building being completed in the 1930s, there will be nods to Art Deco patterning within the carpet design and bespoke decorative lighting pieces throughout.
The designer team is also using oak timbers as basis for the color schemes, thereby create a connection to the listed paneling in the principal corridors. Also being used is a light palette. Upon completion, each room will have bespoke handles for the cabinetry, mirrors and technology. Design touches in each room will also include homages to the building’s history and location including chairs upholstered in orange as a tribute to the orange red leather upholstered seating used in the former London council chambers. Bowler hat prints on the corridor wallpaper will echo London’s business culture.
The Westminster Suite (the hotel’s largest) was already refurbished. It now has a collection of seven artworks of varying sizes installed on a curved wall behind the dining table. Each piece is made up of a collage of newspaper prints relating to London, Southbank and the arts. There are also highlights of hand-sketched architectural imagery of the building and references to the Coade stone Lions of the Southbank.
The public areas will be enhanced, with the existing furniture and details refurbished, and new furniture elements and furnishings introduced. The area will again pay homage to the history of the building and its completion date in the 1930s.