The World Of Hospitality Issue 18 2016 - Page 61

The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences geometric, but not overly symmetrical, with the hotel’s art deco roots acknowledged but approached with a thoroughly contemporary sensibility. Furniture and fittings include two statement ‘Meshmatic Chandeliers’ by Atelier Rick Tegelaar, u sed here for the first time in the UK and chosen for their lightness, elegance and sense of playfulness, as well as to tie in with the metal in the overall materials palette. The space features a carefully-chosen selection of elegant chairs in smokey grey and teal velvets, with mustard and tangerine upholstery in leather and other fabrics, with all chairs chosen for their interesting tones, contrasts and juxtapositions. The main flooring in the lobby is a dark-fumed oak with a herringbone pattern, with marble used to delineate the circulation area and stairs. The stairs have been re-clad with a polished plaster finish on the inside and marble treads, whilst the outside is clad the same way as the columns with narrow-reeded panelling. Touches of greenery throughout to refer to the Living Wall and to Green Park and underscore the hotel’s English heritage. A new high-level hanging plant feature in the entrance space gives the meeting room a sense of being fully enclosed within the Living Wall. Art is also a vital piece of the overall integrated scene dressing and was selected for the scheme by art consultant Robin Greene, in partnership with the hotel’s owners, to express the ‘Stay Individual’ brand ethos and to link to a number of key themes, including the hotel’s historical links to the film industry and a contemporary commitment to young British artists. In a move to be one of the first London five-star hotels of its size to offer a personal and barrier free check-in experience via iPad and a concierge service, the modernised Athenaeum now offers a seamless welcome which flows from lobby to lounge, bar and restaurant. Galvin at The Athenaeum The entire ground floor has been designated as potential hospitality space, with a brand new espresso bar serving the lobby, as well as afternoon tea later in the day. ‘The food and beverage offer takes up the whole width of the right hand side of the space’, explained Jill Higgins. ‘The new, more open restaurant space was created to be both subtle and refined, offering casual fine dining with food very much the hero. The aim is to attract both guests and local residents and business users in Mayfair, where the demographic has changed notably in the past decade, with the area attracting larger numbers of young people, a more international mix and a notable increase in high-fashion outlets and premises.’ Kinnersley Kent Design worked both with The Athenaeum and with The Galvin Brothers on the design of the F&B spaces, as well as creating the identities and designing all brand collateral, from uniforms to tableware. An existing, centerpiece chandelier in the restaurant was retained because it was in great condition and, the World Of Hospitality 61 with its spare, mid-century aesthetic, fitted perfectly with the style of the new furnishings on the ground floor. The flooring in the restaurant space is white oiled oak, whilst seating is a mix of bespoke, buttoned velvet banquettes and timber, metal and leather chairs. All tables were bespoke-designed by Kinnersley Kent Design to create the optimum arrangement of tables within the space. THE BAR at The Athenaeum THE BAR at The Athenaeum is a sensual delight and a space that really comes alive at night, with a deliciously dark and tactile contemporary palette of blue-green, lemon yellow and stylish dark green suede, velvet and leather, with full-height glass walls backed by the tropical feel of the full-height ‘Living Wall’ greenery outside. Once you step inside, London’s busy Piccadilly thoroughfare feels a million miles away and there’s a sense of being in a secret, subterranean destination. The ambience, style and vibe in the bar have been created in partnership by one of the world’s leading cocktail gurus, Giancarlo Mancino, together with The Galvin Brothers. The new bar will be a destination in its own right for those looking to discover new craft spirits, signature classic cocktails with a twist and a distinctive range of whiskies, for which the hotel has long been famous, including The Athenaeum’s own blend and pioneering craft spirits. In all an impressive 160 brands have been included in the menu, with more added when ‘discovered’. ‘THE BAR will be known for its new and unusual