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  • Design at Knightsbridge Craftsmanship Selected for Manchester’s Lowry Hotel

    Daniel Fountain
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    Seating and tables by Yorkshire-based Design at Knightsbridge have travelled across the Pennines to be installed in Manchester’s Lowry Hotel as part of a complete renovation of the bar and restaurant.At the heart of the revitalised Chapel Wharf area on the border between Manchester and Salford, Rocco Forte Hotels’ Lowry is the first five-star hotel in Greater Manchester and presents an elegant façade, with a dramatic frontage in curved glass enhancing its airy interior. Furnishings for the refurbished bar and restaurant were selected personally by Olga Polizzi, Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Design: the Knightsbridge team also worked alongside the Lowry’s in-house designer Tim Young and General Manager Peter Kienast in the careful selection of products, fabrics and finishes.

    The contract included the supply and placement of armchairs, desk and club chairs plus occasional tables from the recently extended Lucia range. Simple, clean lines are complemented by subtle retro-references and the collection is presented with a refreshing mix of timber and wire frames. Completing the smart new look is Kvadrat upholstery in charcoal, offset by flashes of topstitched detailing in supple turquoise leather.

    The Lowry’s Lucia seating has been teamed with Harvey tables topped with stylish black smoked glass. Both the Lucia and Harvey collections are exclusive to Design at Knightsbridge, having been created for the company by consultant designer James A Wright.

    In addition to supplying new seating and tables for the Lowry, Knightsbridge craftsmen were also commissioned to completely refurbish the existing settees and high stools in the hotel bar and to re-cover the upright dining chairs in the restaurant.

    All the restoration work was carried out at the Knightsbridge factory in Bradford, where the Lucia and Harvey ranges are also manufactured using traditional methods. Timber is from renewable sources and the wire under-frames are produced in the UK: the company further demonstrates its commitment to sustainability through FSC, PEFC and FISP certification, ISO 14001:2004 accreditation for its environmental management system and BS EN ISO 9001:2008 quality management accreditation.

    A dedicated sales division and supporting website are the global gateway to all Design at Knightsbridge collections of seating, tables and occasional furniture for the hospitality and corporate sectors. To view the full portfolio, visit www.design-at-knightsbridge.co.uk

    Daniel Fountain / 28.06.2013

    Editor, Hotel Designs

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