Chelsom worked closely with Joyce Wang Studio and procurement specialist Benjamin West to create a custom designed lighting scheme for the refurbishment of guestrooms, corridors and public areas in the 5-star Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London.
The interior scheme was completely original, with Joyce Wang designing the lighting pieces, taking inspiration from the textures, forms and colours found in London’s iconic Hyde Park. The design team created an eclectic range of fittings in a variety of different materials, all of which required a range of manufacturing techniques.
The combination of differing rich brass metalwork alongside textured glasses and organic materials was deliberate to create a striking visual impact.
Statement chandeliers are prominent in the suites and guestrooms, each featuring individual lighting designs. Chandeliers in the suites take on organic forms with branch like brass arms sprawling across the ceiling finished with cracked glass acorns.
Other stand out chandeliers feature a trio of asymmetrically positioned ultra-shallow light units housing integral LED light sources. Each light unit features faux alabaster bottom diffusers and solid clear glass rods positioned around the perimeter creating a sparkle of twinkling light. Unique bedside wall sconces have dark metal frames which house jewel-like glass diffusers refracting beautiful light effects across the walls.
In keeping with the nearby Royal Horseguards Parade, corridor and bathroom light fittings were manufactured using synthetic horse hair. Bathroom wall sconces show the hair wrapped tightly around metal backplates to act as reflectors to the backlit light sources while magnanimous square pendants adorned with ribbed glass rods and ponytails of hair line the corridors.
In the public areas, Chelsom says it has been sensitive to the period architecture of the interior. In the main entrance lobby the company supplied modernised balustrade mounted light fixtures, which continue the overarching theme of crackled glass tones with rich brass metalwork.
As part of the refurbishment the team also restored existing chandeliers in the Rosebury Lounge, upgrading the technology and restoring the metalwork.