While trips to chic hotel bars are currently OUT, cocktail hour in your kitchen is very much IN, so why not try an recreate a little of that hotel chic in your home?
The Langham hotel near London’s Hyde Park recently overhauled the champagne bar in its famous Palm Court – the birth place of one of Britain’s greatest traditions; afternoon tea – with the help of River Bespoke, a Norfolk-based independent specialist.
Set up by husband and wife team Katie and Tim after renovating their own home, River Bespoke specialises in the design and manufacture of beautiful, handcrafted shelves.
Clustered together on a wall deliver, these industrial chic-style shelves create a unique feature for expressing style and personality, and The Langham’s champagne bar certainly does that.
River Bespoke had previously focused on residential installations, but had always felt their bespoke feature walls would work equally well in a commercial setting – and they were right.
The Langham wanted a unique and eye-catching backdrop for their champagne bar in Palm Court, one that would look stunning but also be functional for a busy, customer-facing area.
River Bespoke worked closely with The Langham team to design the layout, materials choices and finishing touches.
The beautiful bespoke shelving design was combined with ambient lighting, wallpaper and antiqued mirrors to create a truly beautiful area to compliment the luxurious Palm Court.
The verdict? ‘A beautiful champagne bar that fits the bill perfectly,’ said Karina Ellias, Director Food and Beverage at The Langham.
‘We were looking for something different and special. River Bespoke’s shelves fitted the bill perfectly’
‘We have been wanting to update the bar in Palm Court for some time and were looking for something different and special,’ continued Karina. ‘River Bespoke’s shelves fitted the bill perfectly. We now have a beautiful champagne bar completing the stunning Palm Court.
‘River Bespoke were very easy to work with from the initial concept, design and renders to working with our team to install the shelves on the day. Fitting was easy and flawless.’
Want to recreate the look in your home? River Bespoke can replicate the look in your home, but also offers many options for customising your shelves and creating something unique and eye-catching – from timber selection through to frame finish.
You could also opt for a glass partition wall option with floating shelves to help create functional-yet-stylish zones in your home – particularly ideal for large, open-plan spaces or lateral apartments.
Embrace your creativity – River Bespoke is flexible in its design approach and will work with your ideas to develop designs from simple sketches through to scaled drawings and 3D renders to hep you create your dream interiors.
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Both Katie and Tim, the husband and wife team behind River Bespoke, had worked in high tech start-ups, but after spending three years renovating their Grade II* house in Cambridge, and tiring of the strains of Tim’s globetrotting, they started contemplating a move to Norfolk, a place they had always loved.
‘In April last year we actually decided to make it happen and we bought a house in Norfolk,’ said Katie.
‘We immediately started updating it to fit our style and, never finding quite the right “accessories”, started designing and making our own furniture and shelving so we could achieve a unique finish.
‘People have always commented on our designs and how beautiful they are, but it wasn’t until we had our kitchen fitted and received positive feedback from our kitchen company, Harvey Jones, that we decided to take a huge leap of faith and start our own business.
‘Tim, an engineer at heart, loves the creativity and engineering, while I get excited talking to potential clients and interior designers about projects and partnerships.
‘We love the fact that we have created something together, exploiting our strengths to achieve a shared goal.’
A word about the situation we find ourselves in
‘It’s going to be a quiet and difficult time for interior designers and bespoke furniture makers,’ said Katie, ‘but these times will pass, and the world will return to normal far better prepared than ever before.
‘I’m sure many of us will take this period of isolation to reflect on the homes we live in,’ said Katie. ‘This is when we realise how much we need our homes, and how important it is for them to be beautiful and functional.’