Architect André Fu of Hong Kong-based design firm AFSO has introduced two new contemporary suite designs for the Berkeley hotel in the Knightsbridge section of London. The high-end suites are a part of a much wider modernisation for the historic hotel. Positioned at the top of the building, and both with rooftop access, these contemporary designs are going to turn heads among the capital’s design elite.
Dressed in soft gold fabric, tufted rugs, wood panels, a rock glass chandelier and Agnes Martin prints, the 3,200 sqft Crescent Pavilion suite is reminiscent of a private residence enveloped by a lush garden. Guests enter through a wood-paneled passage lined with gold patina fabric to access an intimate salon space appointed with colorful artwork from Lebanese artist Etel Adnan.
Beyond a curved portal sculpted from solid volakas white marble is the 800-square-foot contemporary glass-enclosed sunroom, which provides 270-degree views of London. The suite also includes an alfresco lounge and 12-seat dining room. Both the master and ensuite bedrooms feature a palette of pale green, mineral gray, and champagne gold.
Down the hall, the two-bedroom Grand Pavilion is dressed in an Asia-lite blend of lacquer, green silk, hand-stitched wall panels, antique brass lights, and a hand-gilded glass screen. An open firepit and several stone plinths are installed in the suite’s expansive lounge area, which leads to an eight-person dining salon flooded with natural light and connected to the outdoor terrace.
The suite’s master bedroom have its own terrace and sculptural artwork from Conrad Shawcross.