Tara Bernerd & Partners provided the interior architecture and design for The Hari (previously known as Belgraves), situated in London’s Belgravia. Transforming the former Sheraton Hotel was no small undertaking and the team offered a full interior architecture and design package for all public areas, as well as 85 bedrooms and suites. Bernerd and the team also worked hand in hand with EPR Architects, offering creative direction for the building’s exterior treatment. Using a variety of rich and tactile finishes, including Arabescato marble, graystone and smoked glass, the resulting interiors evoke a warm and stylish environment, giving guests the feeling of inhabiting an original home in the heart of Belgravia.
‘For every project we undertake we try to be indigenous to the surroundings, and at The Hari London we wanted to create something that had the feeling of a really chic Belgravian home. Therefore, layouts and space planning were key. We completely reconfigured the existing floorplans and ceiling heights to create an open-plan space, however we retained an intimate vibe by also incorporating smaller, more cocooned areas for people to sit and relax.
‘In addition, we introduced a textured palette that combined raw elements such as exposed brick with smoky velvets and fantastic grey flannels. Our recent refurbishment at the hotel’s restaurant, il Pampero, adds another layer to the story. Marrying Italian hospitality and the tradition of aperitivo with the Belgravian lifestyle, we have created a space that embraces informal luxury. Vespa-green lacquers and rich velvets combine with soft leathers and heritage fabrics to create a warm and inviting ambience; whilst the introduction of a new bar at the centre of the room has created a real focal point within the space. It has become a bit of a hot spot for guests and locals alike and they do a great penne arrabbiata!’ – Tara Bernerd Founder of Tara Bernerd & Partners
‘Guests today are incredibly discerning and the design of a hotel, now more than ever, needs to excite and exceed their aspirations. Our guests frequently comment upon Tara’s rich tapestry of design, comfort and elegance. Each piece is unique and the deep colour palette forms a welcoming atmosphere, keeping the hotel at the forefront of stylish places to stay.’ – Andrew Coney, General Manager, The Hari