The Gallery, the studio within HBA London has transformed the Royal Suite at the InterContinental London Park Lane to have a timeless and elegant style inspired by Queen Elizabeth II. The Gallery has created a suite modelled in part after Her Majesty’s acclaimed fashion sense – as seen especially in Cecil Beaton’s photographs of her as a young woman. The result blends Art Deco touches with a contemporary interpretation of the opulent finishes found in royal palaces.
Reflective surfaces creatively woven into the interiors increase its sense of spaciousness and luminosity. In the living room, antiqued mirrors border the coved ceiling to create an illusion of height, the coffee and side tables have glazed finishes, and a tufted leather bench is supported by a mirrored base.Flowing directly from here is the dining area, which is highlighted by a glamorous inbuilt cocktail cabinet whose mirrored back panels reflect the colourful liqueurs on its backlit onyx shelves. In addition, a beautiful cocktail trolley has been created expressly for the suite, and a full-height frame in grey lacquered Bolivar veneer holds a television that can viewed from either the living or dining spaces within the open plan. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by HBA London]
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