Unconventional art + a sense of place
My team and I have also created new art pieces for the rooms and suites, which was really important to me. Art in hotels can be so boring! I wanted to create something that was fun and that people could look at for a long time. As a result, we created four new pieces of art. The idea is based on old theatre sets, which stagger back in multiple layers. They are inspired by the local area of The Athenaeum, so I did one each of Buckingham Palace, Burlington Arcade, Fortnum & Mason and the Royal Academy of the Arts (RA). Each piece is eccentric but English, local but classic, and Art Deco but with a bit of nuttiness. We’ve got everything from David Attenborough riding an elephant and the Queen with a corgi, to representations of Grayson Perry, the Rolling Stones and Einstein! The more you look, the more you see. They look back and they look forward. These pieces say a lot about where The Athenaeum is going – acknowledging the past but looking to the future.
All in all, the design aesthetic of the new rooms and suites at The Athenaeum creates a feeling of space, light and views. It’s classically English but a little eccentric, capturing a sense of place, with plenty of nods to Mayfair and Green Park. The colourways and design pieces are all about making the spaces calming and relaxing. There is colour, but it’s not too intense and it’s not saturated throughout the space. For me, this is the basis of creating a restful environment. DISCOVER NEW ROOMS & SUITES