Blakes Hotel 33 Roland Gardens, London SW7 3PF, United Kingdom
As promised, here are some pictures from London. I went to Blakes Hotel. I adore this hotel!
Blakes Hotel is a 5-star hotel in London, England, credited as being one of the first boutique hotels in the world. It is located at 33 Roland Gardens in South Kensington, (not far from my client.) The hotel was established in 1978 by Anouska Hempel, the London hotelier and designer, and is packed full of eclectic artifacts from all over the world collected by Hempel during her globe-hopping from China to Cambodia.
Good design never goes out of style. Nothing has changed since 1978.
Anouska Hempel designed everything.
Anouska Hempel used to sell this fabric. My client loves it.
The colors look black in the daylight. Funny it looks grey here with my flash.
The bar is quite spectacular.
She has these black screens everywhere. I am sure she designed them as I have never seen them anywhere else.
The screens with the persimmon jugs are another Hempel design.
The staircase is wrapped in bamboo with black joints... So chic!
I think the stripes were painted on the sisal rug.
The little touches, like the books, are everywhere.
Sometimes the stripe runs vertical then sometimes horizontal as you can see. The black tables have a round piece of outdoor fabric on them.
The floors are white tiled for easy cleaning.
She used a Louis Vuitton trunk as a coffee table.
There's our drinks on the trunk - a diet coke & cranberry juice.
After all, I was there to take pictures.
The bar is something in black.
One night in 1991 I had dinner at Blakes. Anouska Hempel was giving a party at the restaurant. I was so excited! I have always admired her as a designer and as a person & still do! Ha, just a little bit of trivia!