Andy Thornton furnishes Heathrow ‘super lounge’

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    Andy Thornton has just completed a substantial contract to supply stylish bespoke contract furniture to the new No.1 Heathrow Airport Lounge and Travel Spa, in Terminal 3 of the world’s busiest international airport. They worked closely on the exacting specification and choice of finishes with the projects interior designers Inside Out Architecture.Having supplied previously to lounges at both Gatwick and Stansted Airports both operated successfully by client No.1 Traveller, the company was delighted to be invited to supply to this flagship ‘super lounge’, which opened its doors on 11th August.

    The client’s aim was to provide the ultimate pre-flight experience and create a space that suits the needs of all of Terminal 3’s departing passengers. They achieved this by creating a lounge with something for everyone, from the bustling bar and bistro, through to the quiet snug and soothing spa. Andy Thornton provided furniture solutions for all key areas.

    In the main lounge area, Andy Thornton supplied a mixture of two and three seater Chesterfield sofas and matching cubes, with button-back upholstery in rich Yarwood leather. These are complemented by a number of bespoke chaise longues upholstered in a vibrant patterned Romo fabric.

    In the terrace lounge area, which provides panoramic runway views, the company sourced versatile swivel chairs in chrome with seats and backs upholstered in co-ordinated Panaz fabrics. More cubes and a selection of black and white circular coffee tables with solid marble tops were also used.

    To add a bit of fun, the client also specified two quirky basket egg chairs, to be suspended from the ceiling by the ‘Green Wall’, a living wall of exotic, tropical plants that creates a tranquil space for weary travellers.

    In the bar area, Andy Thornton combined high-back lounge chairs, complete with lumbar cushions for an extremely comfortable sit, all upholstered in contrasting velvets together with black pedestal coffee tables. Behind these and fronting the corian-topped minimalist walnut bar are elegant contrasting black on black bar stools.

    In the bistro, Andy Thornton sourced Print chairs from Dan-Form, which feature elaborate seats and backs in white plastic on chrome frames. The matching gloss white tables comprise of turned pedestals with square glacier white corian tops.

    The No.1 VIP room is home to more bespoke high back chairs from Andy Thornton, whilst the company supplied the luxurious armchairs with substantial cushions upholstered in a mix of rich-coloured soft leathers for maximum comfort in the discreet cinema room. The company also provided bespoke furniture for the drawing room, Wii room and games room.

    The look was completed with the liberal use of co-ordinated scatter cushions for the banquette seating, lounge chairs and sofas, successfully pulling the overall colour scheme together.

    Andy Thornton is a leading supplier of standard and bespoke contract furniture to the international hospitality market. To view the complete range visit

    Daniel Fountain / 05.09.2011

    Editor, Hotel Designs