Radisson Edwardian, Leicester Square
Proposal for the redesign of the bar and lobby of the Radisson Edwardian “Hampshire” in Leicester Square.
The design is inspired by the London Clay that the hotel stands on and which forms the bricks it is made of. I wanted to express the act of moulding clay in one’s hands, to counteract the frenetic anxiety of the outside world. Undulating shadows can also express this concept, when light is shone through moulded mesh.
With the help of professional plaster studio, Chisel & Vice, we developed undulating plaster pieces inset with moulded metal mesh, to create shadow effects on the walls and floor that seem to cocoon you in a malleable web.
To create bespoke tops for the bar and reception desk, I collaborated with a potter who works with London Clay; she created a prototype fired finish for the bar top and table tops, reusing clay excavated from the many basement conversions in West London. The contrast in glazed and unglazed areas creates tactile interest.
All the bar stools, chairs and tables were designed by bespoke for the project.
Bar tables have London Clay fired tops on rush-clad bases.