Friday, April 18, 2014

Blakes Hotel, London - The Chinese Room

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!



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  1. Peggy,
    How fabulous that you have a job in LONDON! I read also with interest of Phillip Gorrivan, the NY designer who is living in London and New York, on NYSD. I too have always been an admirer of Anouska Hempel, and envy you your friendship with her. That palette is so Thai influenced, and it would be such fun to order several bottles of Veuve Clicquot there, since the orange labels would look so smashing on the stripe fabric!

    1. dean, thank you for the comment + I wouldn't say I have a friendship with Anouska Hempel + don't I wish I had. love peggy

  2. Peggy! I love how the books are such a fashionable accessory! I normally just pile two or three here and there. I am definitely going to start stacking! I know you were in heaven there! Thank you so much for sharing things that we would NEVER see!
    Happy Easter!

    1. Hi lynne: thanks for the sweet comment + yes, I was in design heaven. love peggy

  3. pretty nice blog, following :)

    1. So glad to have you following Skyline Spirit. love peggy

  4. This is just beyond stunning, Peggy. Basic black never looked so chic. I have always adored "chinoiserie" and have touches of it throughout my home. There's something so timeless and classic about it -- never goes out of style. Gorgeous pictures!! Loved this post!!

    Cheers, M-T

    1. Yes it was stunning + I have always loved anything chinese. love peggy