The London Edition. Marriot.
Photos by Nikolas Koenig & Richard Powers
Fifteen years since Ian Schrager’s Sanderson opening in London, the “Hotel King" is back once again with the spectacular London EDITION. The latest addition to the EDITION Hotels, a partnership with MarriottInternational, Schrager has returned to the UK with a majestic & historic bang. The London EDITION has taken over one of the grandest landmark buildings in the heart of London. We are talking about none other then the old Berners Street Hotel just off Oxford Street. Originally built in 1835, the property consisted of 5 luxurious townhouses with a great Georgian character that was once the home of King Edward VII and Russian jeweler Carl Fabergé. So when we say that the Ian Schrager Company has come to the UK with a bang - we mean exactly that.
Designed by the Ian Schrager Company Design Studio and New York-based firm Yabu Pushelberg, this hotel is a mixture of classic luxury and modern lifestyle. With eclectic pieces such as Salvador Dalí-inspired floor lamps, Christian Liaigre metal furniture and chandeliers inspired by NYC’s Grand Central station, these interiors have great sentimentality, while simultaneously paying tribute to the building’s historic importance where the prime jewel of the hotel’s interiors is none other then the lobby.
Staying true to its luxurious character, marble is present everywhere except for the detailed carved ceiling from which the Ingo Maurer spaceship-like polished silver sphere light hangs. Grand and inviting, Ian Schragerwanted to bring the social scene of the old world back to life, where everything happens and everyone is seen within these walls. Work & play is combined in this area with a Donald Judd-inspired walnut table containing desktop computers, a bar for cocktails and an antique billiards table. Everything here is just waiting to be adored (the designer has conceived this space theatrically with the guests take on leading roles).