Soft textures, furnishings and warm lighting guide guests through to TAVLA, the hotel’s bar, where guests and locals alike are encouraged to relax and spend time throughout the day and into the evening. Textured woven stools are mixed with lounge chairs in muted tones and softened textures, giving the space a modern, residential feel.
The ground floor restaurant, Barboun, has an ‘industrial-luxe’ aesthetic with rattan chairs and partitions. ‘The Barboun restaurant was conceived as a furniture maker’s warehouse and showroom. Handcrafted from oak and sapele timbers, we paid homage to the craft of the woodworker and so mortise and tenon, dovetail and halving joints are showcased on each piece of furniture or joinery to celebrate each material and junction fully,’ says Steven. The pared back warehouse aesthetic is finished off with an asymmetrical pale oak ceiling, replicating the beamed structure of a factory warehouse. A striking steel re-bar and copper staircase sits towards the back of the space, along with a central feature of moon chandeliers.
‘We wanted the hotel to be a social place, so we designed the ground floor lobby, bar and restaurant areas to be open plan,’ says Steven. ‘We wanted to remove the check-in desk from the main lobby space. With the desk sat within its own area, but visible to customers, it does not detract from the ambience of the convivial front of house areas, with guests dragging suitcases to and fro.’