WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: MARCH 2017
For March, we’re going back in time AND looking to the future all at once, with three new additions to our 2017 collective that prove it’s possible to be classic and contemporary at the same time.
NAME: Batty Langley’s
LOCATION: London, UK
CAUSE: Bringing maxed-out nostalgia back in fashion with aristocratic flair
Having recently hosted a semi-clothed Georgia May Jagger in the library and Daisy Lowe in the bathtub during a shoot for LOVE Magazine, despite being the epitome of old school luxury Batty Langley’s is clearly tapping into a very fashionable craving for all-out nostalgia. From mahogany four poster beds to marble fireplaces, oil paintings to leather-bound books, everything you need to realise your lord/lady-of-the-manor fantasy is in place; however, quirky and characterful touches like the copper showerhead or swan-head taps take the hotel beyond historical reenactment. Created by self-styled ‘daft old gits’ Douglas Blain and Peter McKay, also of Hazlitt’s, the place is dripping with excessive, slightly bonkers luxury that speaks to the modern traveller’s desire to be transported.
NAME: Hotel National des Arts et Métiers
LOCATION: Paris, France
CAUSE: Hiding a modern design and eco sensibility behind a classic façade
The new Hotel National des Arts et Métiers, scheduled to open in June, is a coquettish affair concealing a host of modern ideas behind a classic Haussmannian façade (how very Parisian). The hotel’s artistic director and interior designer, Raphael Navot, has used raw materials and traditional French craftsmanship to create a decidedly 21st-century vibe, with muted colours and modern furnishings joining quintessential French windows and parquet floors throughout its 70 guest rooms. Straddling the area between the historic Marais and livelier Montorgueil, its three locally-sourced restaurants and bars are set to draw in the neighbourhood, and a commitment to geothermal energy and green products show a thoughtfulness beyond its walls. In secretive style, there’s also a vast, underground gallery available for private events.
NAME: Hotel St. George
LOCATION: Helsinki, Finland
CAUSE: Restoring stories from Helsinki’s past in an artistic, contemporary style
Set to open in Autumn 2017, Helsinki’s Hotel St. George breathes a contemporary spirit into a classic building dating back to the 1840s. Previously home to the Finnish Literary Society, the printing house for newspaper Suometar and The Helsinki Finnish Club, the hotel will nod to its artistic past by launching with several landmark artworks, such as Ai Weiwei’s white dragon in the entrance hall and Pekka Jylhä’s six-metre brass bird in the Winter Garden. Its 148 rooms and five suites share a sophisticated palette created by Finnish graphic artists, and several pay homage to its historical and cultural past, such as the 100 Years Suite and Poetry Suite. Two restaurants, Salt and St. George Bakery & Bar, bring life to the public spaces in addition to the aforementioned Winter Garden, a conservatory-style spot in the courtyard under a glass roof.