Commercial Interiors – Function Rooms

THE COMMANDER, Hereford Rd, Notting Hill

The client wanted to make full use of the double story bar/restaurant and turn it into a multi function venue to include a gallery, private function room and a smaller meeting room on the first floor. Working for Mackenzie Wheeler Architects, I was engaged to design decorative scheme for the interiors.

Hereford Rd, Notting Hill - 1st Floor Function Room / Decorative Concept

Function Room - The client wanted this room to be used for private hire for parties, wedding receptions, corporate functions etc. It was also requested that the interior decoration was to be in a ‘Colourful Victorian style with a few contemporary twists’
To bring the creative process alive I imagined ‘The Commander’ to be a charismatic Victorian explorer who sailed the seven seas in search of adventure and unusual antiquities. The building in Hereford Street was his London residence where he entertained his friends with great feasts and tales of his extraordinary adventures when he returned from his travels. The Rex Whistler Restaurant and it’s 1927 mural ‘The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats’ at The Tate Britain captured a similar spirit and was also a source of inspiration for the project. With all this in mind the decorative schemes for the other areas followed suit.

Many of the architectural features had been removed. So the fireplaces, cornice and ceiling roses had to be sourced according to the age and location of the building. A large plasma screen was needed for presentations, we worked with a AV company who put together a system which for the Function Room looked like a classic painting when not in use. By remote control the painting could be asked to roll up inside it’s classic frame to the surprise and entertainment to all those present and reveal a plasma screen so that a an AV presentation could be made.
Air conditioning units where concealed inside side cabinets which could also be used as serving areas.

Hereford Rd, Notting Hill - Meeting Room.

The clients wanted this smaller function room to be used for private meetings and reception room for any exhibitions that would take place in the Gallery. Following the same story for the decorative scheme as before this room would be The Commanders’ Library/study.
Another large plasma screen was needed for presentations, this time we used a mirror effect plasma screen with a traditional mirror frame.
This room for is used smaller private meetings also a reception area and entrance into the Gallery. Antique furniture was sourced repaired and made suitable for commercial use. A traditional Victorian ‘pull down’ lamp was hung above the central table thus creating a card table/gentleman's smoking room atmosphere to the room.
Here again the fireplace, ceiling rose and parts of the cornice had to be reinstated. We also added a fitted library with central doors opening into the Gallery. A dado rail was also fitted around the room with tongue and grove panelling below to add extra period detail to the room. The walls are finished with an interesting collection of Edwardian prints from the client’s private collection featuring scenes form the Far East.

Testimonial from the clients:

"‘We have worked with Ruth on a number of hospitality and interior design initiatives from small projects to major refurbishments. Ruth listens very carefully to the clients brief and then applies her extensive experience to produce innovative and interesting design, whilst always remaining faithful to the client’s operational and business plan requirements. I will have no hesitation in working with Ruth again in the future and in recommending her outstanding work to others"

Mark Wilson, Managing Director. Sleepwell Hotel Group.

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