DE­SIGN TRICKS TO STEAL

De­signer Dorothée Meilich­zon re­veals the Hen­ri­etta Ho­tel’s se­crets

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1 MA­TE­RIAL DE­TAILS

Each room has white Car­rara mar­ble skirt­ing and a brass trim bor­ders the car­pet, which fea­tures a ter­razzo-in­spired pat­tern. I’ve en­joyed ex­per­i­ment­ing with ma­te­ri­als and shapes.

2 SEAT­ING PLAN

The an­gled ta­bles in the restau­rant lend a sense of in­ti­macy to the space – at these ta­bles, peo­ple are seated next to each other for a dif­fer­ent din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

3 AHEAD OF THE CURVE

There is a cres­cent-shaped win­dow above the bath­room door in each room, help­ing to keep the space light. The shape is echoed on the head­boards above the beds.

4 RAISE IT UP

I have sus­pended the fur­ni­ture in the rooms from the walls – in­clud­ing desks and cup­boards – which helps to clear the floor, cre­at­ing a spa­cious am­bi­ence.

5 HIGH ART

Four painters worked for three weeks on the hand-painted ceil­ing in the ho­tel’s pub­lic space. I wanted to sur­prise peo­ple when they looked up, but also to cre­ate a link with Covent Gar­den and themes of na­ture. We drew friezes with leaves and clas­si­cal or­na­men­ta­tions. In the cen­tre of the ceil­ing, there is a faded pale sky and, in an­other area, a gi­ant tiger pre­sented as a re­versed car­pet.

6 MIR­ROR IM­AGE

The TV in each room is con­cealed be­hind a mir­ror. We had to in­cor­po­rate tele­vi­sions, but they are def­i­nitely not my favourite thing; hid­ing them helps to main­tain the clean lines of the in­te­ri­ors.

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