Chiltern Firehouse Hotel, London
London’s ‘Chiltern Firehouse’ has recently received a wealth of publicity. Whilst known to many as one of the most frequented venues for a number of the capital’s best known figures, the Chiltern Firehouse is equally recognised for both its celebrated restaurant, headed by highly revered, Michelin-starred chef Nuno Mendes, as well as for the collection of interiors throughout the venue’s hotel.
Restored by André Balazs, the Chiltern Firehouse joins a list of truly iconic venues from the renowned hotelier including Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles and New York’s Mercer hotel, amongst many others. The Chiltern Firehouse’s features twenty-six beautifully restored, mid-century influenced bedrooms and suites.
Creative lighting company, Heathfield & Co, were delighted to be able to manufacture and provide a range of fully bespoke lighting designs for many of the hotel’s guest bedroom and bathroom interiors.
The hotel’s ‘Courtyard Room’ interiors, for example, feature several bespoke lighting designs (shown below). The featured hexagonal ceiling pendant design draws inspiration from early 20th century Victorian pendant fittings. The design is effectively softened through utilising high-quality fabric shades as an alternative to more traditional lanterns, or metal embellishments. The table lamp design, also featured in the ‘Courtyard Room’ interior, echoes a later 1920s – 1930s aesthetic. The tapering and fluting of the lamp-base creates a highly elegant form, and is accompanied by a complementary pleated fabric shade.
Below: Courtyard Room
The ‘Loft Suite’ interior (shown below) features an additional bespoke pendant light design. This bedside pendant light features a domed shade, also with a pleated fabric, creating a soft, ambient glow. The design is also effectively contrasted with an intricate crown embellishment and rope suspension mechanism to create a truly unique piece.
Below: Loft Suite
The hotel’s ‘Ladderhouse Loft’ interiors feature bespoke bathroom lighting designs (shown below). These 1930s, art-deco inspired bathroom lights utilise ceiling-mounted pendants in addition to wall lights mounted onto a vertical wooden frame, creating the appearance of one overall continuous, unified lighting design. The design’s shades feature a frosted glass finish, effectively softening the light dispersion.
Below: Ladderhouse Loft
Below: Chiltern Firehouse Exterior, dating back to 1889
Kenneth Meikle, Sales Director at Heathfield & Co, commented on supplying lighting to the Chiltern Firehouse “André Balazs has created so many iconic venues of incredibly high quality. The Chiltern Firehouse has of course been no exception and has consequentially become one of the most talked about hotels and restaurants in London. Working along side Studio KO Paris and Chris Garrod Global, we were delighted to have been able to design & manufacture such an array of bespoke lighting for the hotel’s interiors, which have such an identifiable aesthetic style“.
For more information on the Chiltern Firehouse visit www.chilternfirehouse.com