Born of a collaboration amoung hospitality visionary Ian Schrager, renowned New York and Toronto based design studio Yabu Pushelberg and Marriott, the new London EDITION hotel opened its doors to the public just this month. Following two previous EDITION hotels, this most recent EDITION is situated in London’s fashionable West End within the former Berners Hotel.
Over the course of its nearly two century history, this impressive structure has served as a frequent haunt of among others, King Edward VII, his mistress, and the famed Russian jeweler Carl Fabergé. Working in collaboration with Schrager, Yabu Pushelberg restored the hotel’s dramatic interiors to their former glory and then furnished them with a rich – at times contemporary, at times more traditional – decor. The main lobby sets a stunning tone for the rest of the hotel with dramatic architectural details, lush green velvet upholstery and a crowning mirrored light sculpture by Ingo Maurer.
The hotel’s main restaurant is run by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton and for those seeking some good old fashioned punch (that’s right, punch) there is the aptly named Punch room (shown just below) .
As for the guest rooms – they are an unexpected mix of warm wood paneling and contemporary design.
Next year, an EDITION is slated to open in Miami Beach and if all goes well, New York and Los Angeles are soon to follow. Schrager’s vision for this ever growing series hearkens back to the hotels of a century ago – a social hub, showcasing the very best in dining, entertainment, services and amenities for guests and fashionable locals alike.
Photos via Edition Hotels & Wallpaper.
Photos 7, 12 by Jamie McGregor Smith.
Stunning, simply stunning and I’m even betting that the pictures don’t do it justice!