Projects

BLUE BAR, THE BERKELEY HOTELLONDON, UK


The Maybourne Group approached Robert Angell to reinvigorate the Iconic Blue Bar whilst respecting the Blue Bar’s DNA. With the passing of David Collin’s who originally designed, the client passed this great honour to me as having worked alongside David for fifteen years as Creative Director and as his protégé the Maybourne Group felt that I was the obvious choice to respect what had gone before and yet bring a twist to the bar that would be in effect what David would to this iconic Bar if he had been designing it today.

In part the honour of David’s memory, but to be tasked with producing an amazing interior that has totally been stripped out and only the original Sir Edwin Lutyens paneling that David Painted Blue remains. The rest was all newly designed by us, but the end result is more contemporary yet retains its iconic style. Everything was designed uniquely and bespoke for this project and that exacting detail and prototyping made a truly remarkable interior that can only really be appreciated by being in the space. The upholstery for the individually and uniquely designed chairs and stools was tailor made from dying the yarns to developing a textile that would be totally unique for the upholstery and we not only did one but four special designs. This project was all about the details and juxta position of materials to really wow the guest and exceed all expectations. The stools to the lower tables have leather bases and glass pedestal column. All the furniture is exacting in comfort and style. Not forgetting the new glass pavilion the style of the interior and furniture had to reflect the differing architectural styles and therefore a more mid-century approach was needed to compliment both spaces. All the materials are luxurious and harmonious. The Custom Blue leather floor softens the tone. Onyx bar topped tables are 40mm thick giving a luxury quality of substance and elegance. The rotating brise soleil window screens and inspired by Jean Prouve and these in turn respect the high-tech architecture of the black carbon fibre beams that the glass pavilion of Sir Richard Rogers hangs off.

It retains the intimacy of the original Blue Bar now it also has a new area to it and yet allows it to connect to a new clientele that are in search of the ultimate in luxury bar experience and amazing service and of course fabulous cocktails.