London’s oldest traditions and its technological future meet at the NH Hotel
The Belle pendant lamps have become part of the family of the NH open-house in London, an inspirational lifestyle hotel in the heart of the trendy East End.
NH City Road has recently opened its doors – literally, since the hotel is open 24/7 – and is the latest link in the NH chain established in other popular European cities.
The brief for the hotel’s design was 'Old London Reloaded’. London-based architectural practice Project Orange has interpreted this in a playful and unexpected way, referring back to some of the great traditions of the city, whilst looking forward to a more exciting technological future.
The idea behind the inspirational concept is to make its guests feel at home in a relaxing yet thought-provoking environment, thanks to the interior’s innovative design and bespoke art. The layout of the venue places most of the public space at ground-floor level; therefore, it was essential to impress visitors upon arrival, by connecting various areas through a narrative that transforms familiar London icons into dramatic and interactive installations.
With their evocative gold-finished silhouette, the Belle suspension lights – designed by Staffan Tollgard for Contardi – have been selected by Project Orange to illuminate the aptly named Bell & Whistle restaurant, which is an unconventional version of a traditional public house.
The characterful bell-shaped lamps, reminiscent of the famous city church bells, gently illuminate the space. When the classic bell shape is lit, it is both beautiful and functional; and when unlit it remains a decorative object with an almost sacred appeal. The braided silk rope conceals the lighting cable, while adding a touch of timeless elegance to the object.
Belle proves that for Contardi, style always complements substance, in creating products which are aesthetically pleasing and practical at the same time.
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Interior design: Project Orange | Photography: Guido Pijper | Client: NH Hotel | Belle so, designed by Staffan Tollgard