There are some smart interiors in the leisure industry and the office
Morelato’s work for Blake’s Hotel restaurant aims for timeless elegance, but a few decades can be identified. Designer Anouska Hempel’s vision was of a steamer forging its way up the Bosphorus – but whether the vessel is churning up the mudflats of the 30s or 70s, we can’t quite decide. Still, with craftsmanship, delicious materials and attention to detail forging ahead on full steam, the Italian cabinetmakers evoke a meeting of east and west without going overboard.
This freshly dusted space simply awaits the arrival of Ustinov and Dunaway.
When next you go in search of art, be sure to demonstrate your grasp of the culture by loudly discussing the walls. For at the Portland Collection’s new home, that’s what everyone will be doing this year. You will of course note that they’re lined with the very finest Fermacell gypsum fibreboard – a name increasingly collected, being denser than normal plasterboard and so able to stand 50kg per cavity fixing and 30kg per screw for dead loads. Of course, it was a very popular medium in 15th century Florence – we are (un)reliably informed…
Highlow 900 carpet
Listen! The best thing you can ever hear in a lavish European concert hall is silence. Seriously. The absorbent properties of the materials are critical when the likes of Anna Lucia Richter perform at the new Philharmonie de Paris, if the divas are not to puncture an eardrum with their own resonant frequency. So the reverberating waves inside the venue are less sound than vision, thanks in part to Object Carpet’s Highlow 900 carpet – all six floors and 10,500m² of it. Bouncing a high A off all that weave will take a big voice.
Skyfold Zenith partitions
It’s well known in corporate circles that there’s no such thing as too many management staff. But in a James Bond like twist, at the new offices of ‘a globally recognised provider of timely credit rating options’ in the City, such certainty can be injected with new levels of intrigue via Skyfold’s Zenith high-tech retractable room partitions, which slide noiselessly open mid-meeting to reveal a whole other tier of middle management. You’ve Been Framed hidden cams then hilariously catch the looks on everyone’s faces as they work out if they’re about to be made surplus to requirement.