Created by acclaimed interior designer, Anouska Hempel, Blakes Hotel occupies a row of black-painted Victorian townhouses on a quiet street in the heart of Chelsea in London.
A dark and sensual ‘couture’ hotel, Blakes exudes luxury with imagination and fine living with a sense of drama. On visiting it is hard not to be enraptured by the free spirit of the hotel, and it has a palatable sense of adventurous individuality.
During the summer, the hotel commissioned the world-renown designer Matthew Williamson to revamp the hotel’s courtyard garden. The space, which is nestled in the heart of the hotel, is an open-air oasis for guests to enjoy afternoon tea and delightful evening cocktails.
The gorgeous Moroccan inspired tiles influenced the graphic wall mural
Like all of his interior designs, Matthew began with the flooring, incorporating modern stone tiling, which was supplied by Solus Ceramics. Earlier this year, Mathew had worked with Nicola Hellett, The Creative Centre’s Manager on his own bathroom and contacted her again when this project was first mentioned to him. It was essential that Solus Ceramics could provide flooring that would be sympathetic to his design but at the same time make an impact.
The tiles, which were chosen from the Moroccan inspired Illustrate range, feature an elaborate and interesting geometric design, brought to life in a palette of expressive grey shades. All of the tiles are beautifully unique and each different piece showcases intriguing rustic effects such as light tonal imperfections.
Each tile exhibits unique imperfections and variations
The design of the tiles was used to inspire the creation of the stunning graphic mural, painted in pale hues of grey, blue and meline yellow, perfectly conveying the designers kaleidoscopic vision.
Working with Harris Murray-Wicks Studio, the British designer refurbished the 775 sqft garden, adding a range of lush, leafy plants, trees, ferns and hostas. Eclectically styled furniture pulls together the other elements of the garden to convey a Mediterranean alfresco lifestyle, whilst fabrics and soft furnishings were taken from Matthew’s latest Osborne and Little collection.
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