George Yabu & Glenn Pushelberg of Yabu Pushelberg have completed their first major project in the UK, the highly anticipated interior of the new hotel from Ian Schrager, The London EDITION. The hotel is located at 10 Berners Street.
The Lobby & Bar – The lobby is a juxtaposition between the existing restored traditional spaces and modern insertions. American minimal artist, Donald Judd serves as the inspiration in both spaces. In the lobby, Judd inspired green velvet sofas, tufted khaki leather sofas, and modern wingback chairs help create the ambiance. The clean, rectangular blackened steel bar sits in front of four back-lit antique mirrors, and hosts Judd inspired communal tables made with black walnut. Ingo Maurer, the German-based lighting artist whose work has been exhibited at New York’s MoMa, created the mirrored egg installation in the lobby.
Reception – With the cantilevered reception desk that warmly welcomes hotel guests, hangs a beautiful reproduction tapestry depicting one of Louis XV Gobelin Tapestries scenes dating from 1773. Dark clapboard walls lead to the quiet bar tucked away at the back of the hotel.
The Punch Room – Inspired by manor house dens and libraries, the Punch Room invokes the warmth and comfort of those rooms with fumed-oak paneling and custom fireplace. Custom-designed ceiling-tufted banquettes and ottomans were crafted by Bowden Tollit. This bar will feature an array of different mixologists who will mix up custom concoctions for guests looking for the perfect cocktail.
Berners Tavern – London EDITION’s premiere restaurant is helmed by Executive Chef Jason Atherton and hosts 140 guests. The restaurant boasts an array of circular booths that are iconic to the Ian Schrager design esthetic. Dusty rose colored chairs and taupe walls are inspired by paintings by Johannes Vermeer. The walls are covered with an eclectic mix of landscapes, still life, and portraits, all in gilt frames, curated by Trunk Archive from a private collection.
Guest Rooms – The guest rooms also embrace the contrast between traditional and modern, but in reverse. The walnut or light oak paneled, molding-free spaces are serenely quiet in mood; devoid of unnecessary details that would distract from the calm. Warm and inviting, rooms are furnished as an intervention of opposites; traditional tufted slipper chairs and classic furnishings live comfortably inside a clean, intimate, modern space.