Royal Suite at Intercontinental Park Lane London
Wednesday 12 Jun 2013


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For the 135 sq m Royal Suite at the InterContinental London Park Lane, IHG briefed The Gallery HBA London to create a timeless elegance appealing to discerning, international guests. The location’s noble pedigree as Queen Elizabeth II’s childhood home inspired the designers in Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee year. Modelled in part on The Queen’s fashion sense depicted in Cecil Beaton’s photographs of her as a young woman, the décor also honours her duality as a family person and archetype by juxtaposing the soft with the hard; the flowing with the structured; and the feminine with the masculine.

Intended to be a home comfortable for diverse global VIPs, references to royalty are subtle. Art Deco touches blend with contemporary interpretations of an opulent palace, encapsulating the timespan from Her Majesty’s birth in 1926 to today. A platinum and pearl palette is highlighted in soft yellow, The Queen’s signature colour. From embroidered cushions to brass nailheads and ironmongery fashioned after the loop-shaped clasp of Her Majesty’s iconic handbag, her favourite hue brightens the ambience.

Reflective surfaces increase the sense of spaciousness and luminosity: in the living room, antiqued mirrors bordering the coved ceiling create an illusion of height, a tufted leather bench sits atop a mirrored base, and a chandelier is formed from sparkling glass rods. In the dining area, a mirrored cocktail cabinet reflects potions on its backlit onyx shelves. Imagined to be where The Queen pursued her duties while musing over the 8th floor skyline, the library’s modern wingback chair contrasts with the nautical flair of a traditional, inlaid brass desk alluding to British naval prowess.


In the bedroom, Beaton’s floral photography backdrops inspired the bed canopy, and a velvet chaise overlooks Park Lane. The artwork commissioned includes images of corgis, The Queen’s favourite dog; illustrations of Her Majesty’s hats; and a signed giclée by Ann Carrington.