The DoubleTree by Hilton Kingston upon Thames is the latest Hilton project to feature tiles from Solus Ceramics, and joins a stunning portfolio of 72 DoubleTree by Hilton properties across Europe.
Solus Ceramics once again worked with the team at DesignLSM, who were responsible for the design of the beautiful reception area, public circulation zones and the exclusive Hawkers Bar & Brasserie.
The branding for Hawkers Bar & Brasserie conveys a refined and nostalgic feel of days gone by, helping to connect guests with Kingston’s rich aviation heritage.
DesignLSM were tasked to create a full identity for the new food and beverage offering within the hotel, and began by immersing themselves into the London Borough’s aviation history, drawing inspiration from uncovered archives of aircraft photography and the notable records of famous flight pioneer Harry Hawker.
The traditional pattern of the floor tiles perfectly fit the nostalgic scheme
Intricately patterned tiles from Solus Ceramics’ bold Illustrate range decorate the restaurant floor area and bar front. The tiles, which feature a star motif, showcase a palette of complementary grey shades and subtle aspects of intentional wear and tear. In addition, feature walls were adorned with exciting grey chevron tiles from the inspiring Geometry range.
The reception, which has a stripped back yet sophisticated theme, is home to tiles from the eye catching Diversity range, a marble effect porcelain collection that showcases the evocative differences found in natural marble.
A distinctively varied range, the 150x900mm plank shaped tiles come in 12 totally diverse designs showcasing extravagant layers, wild veining and realistic stone textures. When laid, the Diversity range truly comes to life, providing a contemporary and natural aesthetic.
The Brasserie conveys a refined feeling of “days gone by”
Putting Solus Ceramics’ tile cutting experience to the test, the designers also used bespoke cut strips from the Stonework range on the floor to create a dynamic pattern. A practical stone effect range, Stonework is ideally suited to busy commercial environments and high traffic areas.
Finally, Solus Ceramics also supplied tiles to the busy kitchen area. A high traffic zone with the potential to be exposed to all manner of spills and splashes, the kitchen was fitted with highly anti slip tiles from the Porcelain Flare range. Many special pieces such as skirtings and angles were used alongside a main floor tile in the cross hatched Bosso finish.
Photography by James French