After being designer of the year at this year’s Maison & Objet, Designer Tom Dixon’s name is now one of the most popular interior & furniture designers worldwide. He’s been working on huge projects using his unique style, special furniture, and trademark finishes. One of the projects is the Mondrian Hotel in London.
From Conde Naste Traveller:
The landmark 1970s building designed by American Warren Platner was always intended to be a hotel, a vision which will be finally realized on 30 September when the Mondrian London at Sea Containers opens.
Designer Tom Dixon and Design Research Studio took transatlantic travel as the inspiration for the hotel. ‘When we saw the building’s proximity to the river we thought there was a strong narrative already,’ says Dixon. ‘Platner is best known for his ill-fated Windows on the World at the top of the Twin Towers, but he also did interiors for Stena Line. It’s really about the Anglo-American relationship.
A five-meter long model of a transatlantic liner sits in the lobby alongside a bright blue chain sculpture. Curved walls suggest ocean waves. Rooms with rosewood doors feel like cabins and bathroom mirrors resemble portholes. If you peer down from the river-facing balconies you can’t see the Thames Path, which gives the impression of being on a boat.
The focal point of the restaurant is a central stainless steel bar inspired by seating in American diners. Irish-American chef Seamus Mullen works with ingredients from Borough Market in his all-metallic engine room kitchen. In contrast, the Dandelyan bar is an eccentric British lounge with an emerald marble bar and mix-match vintage furniture and martinis flavoured with chicken bones. It’s the second bar from Mr Lyan, who mixes cocktails at White Lyan in Hoxton without ice to keep drinks at the optimum temperature.