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The Dorchester Debuts New Designer Suites
It seems like more and more hotels are teaming up with interior designers to launch special suites and rooms with lots of style and personality. The latest property to get into the game is The Dorchester, which unveiled 22 new suites done by interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud. The suites at the Dorchester Collection hotel, located in the Mayfair section of London, maintain the hotel's classic English residential style but incorporate new contemporary elements.
Commenting on the project Champalimaud, president and principal designer of Champalimaud, said: "I have always been fascinated by the way the English live in their homes and wanted to capture that certain quirkiness found in beautiful English properties, while building on the history and quintessentially British nature of The Dorchester."
Craftsmen from a variety of British firms were commissioned to create furniture, mirrors, and textiles for the suites. Fabrics and wallcoverings are from design houses such as Colefax & Fowler, Coles and Son, Nobilis, Romo, NeishaCrosland, JAB and GP & J Baker.
The 14 Dorchester Suites offer large marble lobbies that open into spacious living rooms with fireplaces lit up by opaque crystal logs. The dining rooms can seat up to eight guests, and the suites have bedrooms with views over Hyde Park.
A collection of artwork adorns the walls, including signed prints by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, as well as Versailles panel flooring, wall sconces by Dernier and Hamlyn, and rugs by The Rug Company, for whom Champalimaud designs. Amber-topped side tables are by Forgeability, chairs are by Howe, sofas by Dudgeon, and the mini-bar cabinet is by Restall, Brown & Clennell.
In bedrooms, designer Champalimaud's bespoke carpeting design was inspired by an architectural detail from an antique mirror housed in The Dorchester, and the wall coverings are by Pierre Frey. Bedrooms also have hand sprung mattresses made in Devon by Vi-Spring, a company with over 110 years of expertise, using only pure British fleece wool and natural materials.
The eight Park Suites are also enhanced with lighter design elements that allow for a more open feeling. Hallways are adorened with wall coverings by Soma Silk and paintings by Fromenthal.
Living rooms in the Park Suites have oak plank flooring; chimneypieces by Chesneys featuring bronzed flame sculptures; a hand-tufted handmade rug; original artwork by Derek Rangecroft; marble white tables designed by Champalimaud and made by Forgeability; with hand-forged wall sconces by Dernier and Hamlyn. Bedrooms feature antique chairs, covetable ornaments, and stunning fabrics and wallpapers. The bedding headboard is by Lindon and the designer's daughter-in-law Sandrine Champalimaud, fashioned embroidery on the bed linens. The mini-bar is styled in verre églomisé, a technique of gilding the reverse side of glass with gold or metal leaf.
All Dorchester Suites and Park Suites feature newly remodeled bathrooms with separate stall showers, large drench showerheads, and bathtubs.
In an announcement, Roland Fasel, general manager of The Dorchester and regional director UK, commented: "We are delighted to work with Alexandra Champalimaud once again to ensure that the highest levels of hospitality in London and The Dorchester's tradition of eclectic luxury have been maintained for our guests. This renovation is the latest in a series of constant evolutionary design projects at The Dorchester, and marks the peak of a momentous summer in London."
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