Project Spotlight: Richmond designs Vivienne Westwood-inspired penthouse at the London West Hollywood Hotel

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    Hotel specialist Richmond has designed The Strand Suite, The Regent Suite and The Park Lane Suite for Los Angeles’ iconic London West Hollywood Hotel, as well as the 10th floor Penthouse inspired by Vivienne Westwood.Drawing inspiration from London’s finest, architecturally striking streets, and paying homage to the British capital’s rich history and influence on style, fashion and design worldwide, the three suites in The London West Hollywood Hotel are spacious and bright, with a relaxed, residential feel.

    This has been achieved by Richmond through the use of lighting coffers, timbers floors,
    bespoke furniture pieces and built-in cabinets. An elegant palette with muted colours sets the scene in the suites’ two complementary Salons — the smaller one with large, comfortable corner sofas and TV walls – and is carried through to the bedrooms, where large walk-in wardrobes, and marble lined bathrooms with free standing bath-tubs add to the sense of luxury.

    In the bedroom, the lighting coffer enhances the sense of space, and built-in headboards introduce an extra layer of detail to the rich mix of fabrics and textures used throughout. Each suite also features curated artworks, referencing London’s thoroughfares and carriageways after which the rooms are named, creating a welcoming and unique sense of comfort.

    The Penthouse inspired by Vivienne Westwood, which at 11,000 sq ft is billed as the
    largest suite in Los Angeles, has been designed to feel grand and spacious, without losing its intimate and personal touch. Richmond has worked with the iconic British fashion designer, introducing Vivienne Westwood fabrics, wallcoverings, cushions and artworks throughout.

    Stepping out of the elevator, the corridor leading to the entry sets the tone, with its tailored wallcovering panels, and framed Vivienne Westwood scarves as artwork; its timber floor immediately differentiates the space from the rest of the hotel — a feeling further enhanced by the double entry doors, set back from the corridor, which open into a large foyer and main Salon. Here, polished stone floors, bespoke cabinetry, and large corner sofas are complemented by feature furniture pieces, upholstered in rich Vivienne Westwood fabrics.

    The large central rug uses the iconic Westwood ‘squiggle’ pattern to great effect and
    anchors the furniture and lighting. In the dining space, a stone top table, seating up to 12 people, takes centre stage under a feature chandelier, which creates a stunning contrast with the dark timber slatted ceiling. Two large atriums on both sides of the Salon frame the space, and draw light in. Built-in bookcases backed with verre eglomisé mirror panels enliven the long back wall, with a sparkle that adds depth to the atmospheric space.

    Fiona Thompson, Principal at Richmond, comments: ‘Vivienne Westwood is such an iconic figure; her sense of individuality, and her uncompromised approach to design have made history. It was a very exciting journey to work with the brand’s classic design signature pieces, and weave her idiosyncratic style in this project — which has resulted in the creation of what we think is a truly unique, unforgettable space’.

    Daniel Fountain / 13.11.2015

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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