Frette x Dimorestudio

London's Mayfair has just had an injection of modern Italian style at the new Frette store in South Audley Street. The Fizz says molto bene!

BY DEE IVA

Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran of Milanese design studio Dimorestudio have brought the glamour and sophistication of a sleek Italian palazzo to the new Frette store in London’s Mayfair.

Opulent materials such as Marquina marble, emerald green glass and brushed brass create a stylish space to showcase Frette’s new Autumn Winter collections of luxury bed, bath and table linens, and nightwear. We’re particularly loving the beautiful duck egg blue walls, the colour-zoned floors and the elegant illuminated stairwell which features black glazed metal set on opal white glass. If you feel the need to take a pew, classic designs including Gerrit Rietveld's 'Utrecht' armchair and Charlotte Perriand's 'LC7' chair for Cassina are dotted around too. 

ABOVE: Glossy dark blue cabinets with brushed brass handles, full height sliding panels and clever lighting are just some of the luxe details in Frette's new London showroom
BELOW: Black marble and polished concrete is used to great effect. We love the change of colour in the floors to mark out different zones 

ABOVE: Incorporating emerald green and opal white glass, black metal, concrete and steel, the illuminated stairwell is a masterful mix of materials 

To mark the opening of the new Mayfair boutique, Brit designer Ashley Hicks has collaborated with Frette on a new range of embroidered geometric bed linen that will be exclusive to the store and available online in the UK. If you’re in the market for something more bespoke, head down to the lower ground floor where you can add your own touches to any item from Frette’s collections. 

Dimorestudio has pulled out all the design stops here, so much so that we just want to bed down and snuggle up for the night. Zzz...
frette.com  dimorestudio.eu

Himitsu x Tom Dixon

Himitsu, America's hottest cocktail bar in Atlanta, Georgia, is the talk of the town for a select set of savvy drinkers...

BY DEE IVA

This deeply glamorous watering hole in Atlanta, Georgia, is possibly the hardest bar in the world to get into. Forget the velvet rope, that’s so last century; to gain entry to Himitsu you’ll need a password and have to submit yourself to an iris scan.

Himitsu (Japanese for 'top secret') is the brainchild of Farshid Arshid who opened Umi, Atlanta’s most sought-after sushi restaurant, in 2013. Having created a destination dining spot, Arshid turned his attention to launching a stylish drinking den with high standards and impeccable design credentials.

ABOVE : The main bar in Himitsu
ABOVE RIGHT: Tom Dixon (left) with Farshid Arshid (right)

ABOVE FROM TOP: An angular copper reception desk takes pride of place in the lobby; Red upholstered 'Pivot' chairs in the first-floor lounge
BELOW RIGHT: The pressed cast-iron base of the 'Roll' table features a built-in wheel

Designed by omnipresent Brit talent Tom Dixon and his Design Research Studio, Himitsu is a few cuts above your usual cocktail bar, favouring quality of clientele over quantity. If you pass muster once inside you’ll be surrounded by signature Dixon pieces specifically chosen to offset the raw industrial space. Clusters of glowing ‘Melt’ lights hover over gleaming blue-green leather banquettes and plush copper-legged ‘Scoop’ and 'Pivot' chairs. You can set your glass down on Dixon's mirrored 'Flash' tables or his marble-topped ‘Roll’ tables complete with cast-iron bases bearing the Tom Dixon imprint and wheel detail. The sleek bar is covered in Dixon’s trademark copper, which also extends to the faceted tea light holders dotted around the lounge. American artist Todd Murphy’s eerie ‘King of Birds’ painting (below) is a key focal point, its rich colours and textures inspiring Himitsu’s overall mood.

New York’s finest mixologist Shingo Gokan has been summoned to devise an intriguing list of Ginza-style craft cocktails using Asian ingredients such as Thai basil and yuzu and if you’re feeling peckish Fuyuhiko Ito from Umi is on hand to provide tasty Japanese snacks and sushi.

So, if you’re looking for high style in the Deep South, try your hand at Himitsu. You may have to jump through hoops to get in but we know you’ve got what it takes to make the grade…
puraibeto.com/himitsu

The New York Edition

Say hello to The New York Edition, the new focal point for 24-hour party people in the city that never sleeps

BY DEE IVA

If there's one place that will always be associated with American hotelier Ian Schrager it's New York nightclub Studio 54. That legendary hedonistic hot spot of the late Seventies set the template for all the imitations that followed in its footsteps, breathing new life into the stagnant club scene. By the time Schrager sold 54 in 1981 the new club culture of the Eighties was taking hold but it owed him a huge debt.

Studio 54's 'dare to be different' attitude has informed each of Schrager's groundbreaking hotels. The Delano in Miami, the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York, St Martins Lane in London and Public Chicago are just a few of Schrager's pleasure palaces that have hosted and entertained guests from all over the world who want to check in and freak out together.

But now there's a new place to see and be seen. Situated on Madison Avenue, The New York Edition is the latest launch from the EDITION hotel group, a brand conceived by Schrager in cahoots with Marriott International. It joins earlier offerings in London, Istanbul and Miami Beach, with future crash pads planned from Bangkok to Bali. The days of Bianca Jagger riding in on a white horse may be over, but The NYE is a great place to let your hair down in style. Inspired by the elegant mansions of Fifth Avenue, it has uptown funk without being uptight. 

The pared back guest rooms feature a relaxed neutral colour scheme with pale oak floors, dark oak panelling, marble bathrooms with enclosed rain showers and masses of light. Many rooms have sculptural vaulted ceilings and the penthouse suite channels Mad Men with sultry oak panelling throughout, classic mid-century modern furniture and a private roof terrace.

These calming retreats are in stark contrast to The Clocktower, the Edition's impressive restaurant (above) opened by Michelin-starred Brit talent Jason Atherton, whose modern brasserie-style menu mixes classic English fare (black pudding, anyone?) with American, European and North African recipes. The eatery's name hails from the historic 41-storey clock tower the hotel occupies, built in 1909 as the headquarters of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (aka Met Life Tower). Atherton's first stateside venture is a series of three colour-coded interconnecting salons featuring high ornate ceilings, dark herringbone floors, modern chandeliers by Frenchman Eric Schmitt and walls adorned with photographs of New York icons and street scenes. A gold-leafed bar and a separate billiard room with purple felted table and purple chandelier complete what is fast becoming known as Midtown's hippest hang out. You could imagine Carrie and the rest of the Sex and the City crew rocking up and downing Cosmopolitans till the sun sets. If you're looking for grown-up glamour with understated style in the heart of the Big Apple, this is your playground.
editionhotels.com/new-york

The New York Edition, 5 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, USA. Rooms from US$675 a night.

Pictures by Elliott Kaufman ekaufman.com; Nikolas Koenig nikolaskoenig.com; Nick Solares nicksolares.photoshelter.com 

The Most Marblelicious Bar In Town

Brit design star Lee Broom is the talent behind the marble-chic interiors of new London bar and restaurant Old Tom & English

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

British designer Lee Broom – aka Mr Marble – is a dab hand with grainy stone. During September’s London Design Festival, the only thing hotter than his hedonistic rooftop party at the Ace Hotel London Shoreditch was the elegant ‘Nouveau Rebel’ show at his Electra House boutique nearby. Marble lighting was the scene-stealer, especially the LED-lit Carrara marble 'Tube' lights, shaped like fluorescent strip lights but glowing with glamour.

Now Broom is behind the marble-chic interior design of new Soho cocktail lounge and restaurant Old Tom & English. Named after an 18th-century gin recipe (the spirit du jour), this reservation-only watering-hole is the brainchild of siblings Costas and Maria Constantinou, who collaborated with him on previous local venue The Arts Theatre Club.

Drawing on honest, traditional materials, Broom wanted to create a contemporary take on Sixties home entertaining, as if you’ve just swung by a mate’s stylish apartment for a sociable dinner or killer cocktail party. Solid oak ‘One Light Only’ pendants and slatted oak vertical panelling add to the retro vibe. Sofas and ottomans are a subtle grey, while hits of brass and red on lounge chairs and carpet up the ante.

But it’s sensual marble that rules at this sultry space, starting from the seductive marble 'Chamber' pendant lights suspended above the marble-topped, multi-level bar. A bespoke, post-modern marble fireplace surround dominates the main lounge, flanked by more marble care of sleek ‘Tube' lights, curvy coffee tables and 'Fulcrum' candlesticks. Broom’s sculptural crystal and marble ‘Globe' lights add to the mix of circular and geometric forms and signature cocktails are served in crystal ‘On The Rock’ glassware, boasting tactile marble bases.

“Marble features throughout in lighting, furniture and right through to the barware and tableware,” says Broom. “It’s a dream project for a designer and I believe it will be a real gem for Soho.” The bar is also a homage to Soho's naughty red light heritage, with rooms named after famous London madams and prostitutes, including Cynthia, Lulu and Nell.

Loungelovers in search of sin can sink into extended ‘Quilt’ sofas (originally for Heal's), while eagle-eyed design fans will spot bespoke updates of Broom's hero pieces the ‘Decanterlight’ and ‘Crystal Bulb’ recreated with new cuts.

Access to the basement venue is secret speakeasy style – buzz the bell at the heavy wooden door, then enter via a covert lobby. Inside, take your pick from pews in the bar, lounge or five vaulted cloisters, ideal for clandestine trysts or private quaffing. Drink aficionados can enjoy customised cocktails; foodies can expect twists on trad English dishes at intimate tables.

Each space within Old Tom & English has its own dedicated drinks service, such as a bar cart, revolving cocktail cabinet or vintage sideboard, from which waiters finesse your order (one even offers a surprise hatch to the bar). “I thought about the kind of personal service I like to receive, and the theatre of creating drinks in front of you or presenting food in a way which considers its interior, like you would at home,” says Broom. "The design has been created around those elements and much like the service informs the design, the design of the interior influences the service." Make ours a Martini...
oldtomandenglish.com  leebroom.com

Photographs: Luke Hayes

All Aboard The Mondrian London

Warm metallics, sensuous curves and rich colours bring a shot of Twenties glamour to the Mondrian London 

BY CLAIRE BINGHAM

Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon

Set on London’s South Bank, thrilling new hotel the Mondrian London is the latest UK offering from the US-based Morgans Hotel Group (think Miami’s Delano, the Hudson in New York and the Sanderson, London). Interiors are by Brit design talent Tom Dixon, who has brought 1920s cruise ship glamour and sculptural, contemporary design to the former 1970s Sea Containers House, conveniently located minutes from Tate Modern and the Oxo Tower.

Steel Platner Arm Chair, 1966

Steel Platner Arm Chair, 1966

Returning the former office to its original intended use as a luxury hotel, Dixon describes the architecture as ‘a bit like a ship.’ He adds: ‘We’ve emphasised this by mucking about with the top line of the building to make it feel more like a transatlantic cruise liner that’s just docked.’ Designed by US architect Warren Platner in 1978, Sea Containers House will be the first Mondrian outpost outside the United States.

‘Platner is best known for creating the ill-fated Windows on the World restaurant at the top of New York's Twin Towers and a very famous wire chair for Knoll,' explains Dixon. ‘He also designed for Stena Sealink – so you could say he's a naval interior designer.’

The Mondrian's jaw-dropping copper reception desk

The Mondrian's jaw-dropping copper reception desk

Needless to say, design plays an important role in this opulent 359-room hotel. On arrival, guests are greeted by a mighty burnished copper hull, that sprawls from the exterior and forms the reception desk inside. In the cocktail-toting Dandelyan bar (top picture), retro bubble-gum-pink leather-upholstered banquettes sit alongside a chunky emerald-green marble bar. Curved cabin-like walls feature in the chic guest rooms, the sleek bathrooms are fit for any Hollywood starlet, and the basement plays host to the opalescent agua Bathhouse & Spa.

In the guest rooms, the soft curves of the panelling and illuminated mirror are offset by graphic bed linens  

In the guest rooms, the soft curves of the panelling and illuminated mirror are offset by graphic bed linens  

Movie star glamour reigns in the sleek marble bathrooms

Movie star glamour reigns in the sleek marble bathrooms

Contemporary sculpture in the lounge of the agua spa

Contemporary sculpture in the lounge of the agua spa

Inspired by the golden age of travel and produce from nearby Borough Market, Sea Containers restaurant will dish up delicious contemporary English and American fare, backdropped by river vistas. The Dandelyan bar specialises in modern botanical cocktails, drawn from the British countryside and crafted by award-winning Ryan 'Mr Lyan' Chetiyawardana. But, best of all, is the Art Deco-style rooftop bar, with a magnificent view across the Thames, described by Dixon as ‘a bit Titanic’. If you’re wondering where to catch us for sundowners, that’s where we'll be!
morganshotelgroup.com/mondrian/mondrian-london

The Mondrian London opens on 30 September 2014
20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD