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Quarter Bar & Lounge
The client’s brief was to create a relaxing and stylish environment in keeping with London Bridge Hotel’s established reputation. The Quarter Bar & Lounge provides tapas, shared platters and serves afternoon tea to hotel residents and the general public.
Design LSM Interiors Director, Tim Burford and Designer Lucy Robinson chose different textures and warm palettes to soften and add charm to the 204 sq m bar and lounge. The overall colour scheme consists of varying grays offset with deep reds and rich, olive greens. A dark stained original parquet floor completes this look.
Lounge and booth seating has been used throughout. Plush velvets coupled with geometric and striped fabrics are used against neutral, leather tones to avoid over dressing the area. A traditional British interior has been achieved by introducing grey wall paneling, cornicing and picture rails alongside statement wall paper. Low-level lighting provides the feeling of intimacy and a new bar adds grandeur to the lounge with its pewter top and dark grey frontage. A small gallery features portraits of London-born artists, political and literacy icons and it features commissioned artwork critically acclaimed British artist Soozy Lipsey.
Everything ran extremely smoothly. The main challenges were to overcome the restrictions that came with the existing site, for example; high ceilings and the coffer ceiling feature had to be positioned so it did not conflict with the duct / pipe work used by the hotel rooms above. The toilets had to be fitted into a very tight space, but our design solution has made this space feel warm and not cramped. Finally with such high up windows we wanted to enable guests to see outside and encourage passers-by to see inside. Therefore we raised the banquette seating along the windows to provide eye-level views.
Design LSM Interiors Director Tim comments “We carefully sourced pieces of furniture, lighting and fabrics - which together brought life and character to the space. Everything ran extremely smoothly and the overall result is essentially the British flair with a sophisticated twist”
Following the brief we produced a series of mood boards and rendered visuals to present to the client. Sample furniture and lighting were also chosen to give an impression of the mood we wanted to create.
Once our design scheme was signed off, we worked on detailing all areas to deliver a polished finish throughout. Furniture and fabric specifications were chosen alongside colour palettes to ensure everything worked and would be delivered in time.
Tracey Brent, the interior stylist, sourced artwork to bring to life the Quarter Bar walls, along with feature dressing to add interest.
The client was extremely happy. Members of the hotel staff were buzzing with excitement before The Quarter Lounge & Bar had opened. It has rejuvenated that part of the hotel and provided a destination bar and lounge for the public.