Ham Yard Hotel in Soho has an urban village feel centring around a tree-filled garden with a bronze sculpture by Sir Tony Cragg.
Ham Yard Hotel includes a book-filled library, drawing room, orangery, restaurant and bar, all on the ground floor. The flow between these spaces is very important. They all need to have their own identity that makes you curious to see what is just around the corner.
We were inspired by a love of texture, colour and a passion for work by local artisans. In the lobby we have an installation of a weaver’s loom by Hermione Skye beside an installation by Conrad Shawcross. The library is a traditional wood-panelled room with old Turkish rugs and a curated collection of books, giving a sense of comfort and warmth. In contrast the drawing room is vibrant and bright with warm tones of orange and a collection of folk art from around the world.
The restaurant and bar is a light filled space. One wall is covered in 33 individual illuminated porcelain pots. The other walls are covered in our Willow fabric from my collection with Christopher Farr Cloth.
When we designed The Croc Bowling Alley, art was an important element. The Croc features fabulous artworks by Howard Hodgkin – we have two of his 6 metre works called ‘As Time Goes By’ (one of his last), which dominate one wall and set the tone. Collections are always fun. We collected bowling shoes from eBay and put them in perspex boxes – suddenly you’ve created your own art installation.
The Dive Bar is a double-height space with a neon diver sculpted on a hand-painted wall which leads on to a 190 seat cinema.