The Berkeley Hotel, Knightsbridge, London
Leading London interior design practice Helen Green Design creates a series of suites for the iconic Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge. SPACE takes a closer look at the stunning design…
Helen Green Design has been appointed by The Berkeley to oversee the design of a three-bedroom suite complete with drawing room and dining area as well as a powder room. The two brands are united by a shared vision of timeless luxury and the design process was a response to this, with the generously proportioned suite created in the studio’s signature style – elegant yet liveable – with an emphasis on a contemporary aesthetic in line with The Berkeley’s continuing renovations.
The ‘Crescent’ suite, which overlooks St Paul’s Church is divided into three separate bedrooms – the master with a living room and roof terrace – and is united by an extensive private corridor giving access to each room so they can be used by individual guests or together as an apartment. Each room is unique but there is an elegance in each which carries through to the next – complementing and contrasting – so there is a cohesive flow throughout.
In the master bedroom, an oversize two-tone timber headboard with sleek metal detailing is fronted by a smaller upholstered headboard, which softens the space, both adding subtle luxury to the room. A classic Helen Green Design palette in calming tones meets with accents of bronze and brass for added depth. Bespoke Helen Green Design Aura wallpaper is incorporated into specialist panels on the wardrobe and is complemented by further pieces from the Collection including a Getty Chair and Boho Drum Table.
A number of iconic Helen Green Design Collection pieces – all crafted by skilled artisans in England and Wales – have been used throughout the spaces to suffuse the rooms with contemporary glamour including a new design, the Oona chair. The bespoke piece, which has been specifically designed for the suite at The Berkeley, features soft curves and elegant proportions.
In the drawing room, softly tailored upholstery on a Vogue sofa and chairs creates a welcoming and elegant space for guests. Understated joinery in the house Oro finish is complemented by a feature back of a glamorous marble effect wall covering with gold veining and this, paired with a serene palette and sympathetic artwork of colourful prints ensures the room is the perfect haven for relaxation.
In the bathrooms, marble – specially sourced from Italy – has been used to striking effect; in particular, the powder room, which features a unique onyx that adds interest and depth to the space.
The other two suites – one in a palette of soft dusty pinks and the other in greys and petrol blue – are richly layered with texture and depth of colour; accents of bronze give an element of glamour but the spaces remain inherently comfortable and effortlessly inviting.
All the rooms have been designed with the needs of guests in mind. Sheena Notley-Griffiths, Head of Studio, said: “A hotel room should feel like home, but while it should be comfortable it must also be timeless and exude an elegant harmony; by taking a holistic approach to the interior design and the interior architecture the end result is more considered.”
Through this measured approach, Helen Green Design has been able to craft spaces that have both universal appeal as well as intimacy and personality.