Kate Sibley and Jeremy Grove, the husband and wife team behind Sibley Grove, have recently completed the re-design of the public areas at The Chamberlain, near Tower Hill in London.
The new ground floor has been reconfigured to include a stunning pub and restaurant, with a slick, modern interior. The architecture has been stripped back to create height and volume, revealing structural columns and duct work, and the façade has been adapted so that natural light can flood into the space.
Given Fuller’s brewing heritage, Sibley Grove believed it was vital the pub remained the cornerstone of any design proposal.
“Although the ground floor is modern and relevant, it was very important to create the perfect pub, rather than a generic hotel bar. Pubs don’t discriminate, they are accessible to all. Historically, Fuller’s has always created welcoming and relaxing destinations.” Jeremy Grove
The ground floor also includes a new fresh and vibrant hotel reception. There is a new concrete reception counter with blackened steel trims, serving Fuller’s own Brewer Street coffee. The designers have used an eclectic range of furniture, creating spaces to relax, catch up on e-mails or to hold an informal meeting.
The most significant change to the business is the creation of a brand-new cocktail bar, set deep within the exposed underbelly of The Chamberlain. The space includes a private meeting room, cosy areas for small groups, and is large enough for private events of up to 130 people.
“The Chambers is a luxurious interpretation of an industrial basement bar – a hideaway from the busy London streets where you are treated to great service and a bespoke cocktail menu”.
The architecture is stripped back to reveal the inner working of the space; however, the furniture includes sumptuous velvet banquettes and contemporary detailing. The designers also commissioned artists and photographers to produce bespoke art for The Chamberlain, cataloguing details of the surrounding area.
Sibley Grove strongly believes that design should be a vehicle for positive change – both environmentally and socially.
Cradle to Cradle™is a certification for materials and products. It helps designers to be considerate of the materials they select, before, during and after their commercial use, moving away from the ubiquitous cradle to grave (landfill) system. The system measures material re-utilisation, the material health, renewable energy, water stewardship and social fairness.
“The hotel industry is inherently throwaway, but people are looking for ways to correct this. Cradle to Cradle is an extremely effective way of tackling issues such as global resource depletion, exploited labour and excessive waste.”
The Chamberlain Hotel is Fuller’s third collaboration with Sibley Grove in the last 12 months that has used a considerable number of Cradle to Cradle (C2C) products.
Mosa wall and floor tiles (C2C), Ege carpets (C2C), Troldtekt ceilings (C2C), Havwoods timber (C2C), Low VOC paints, Fabrics from U.K. and European mills- recycled content and non-toxic dyes, Bamboo.
Mosa, Ege, Troldtekt, Light Corporation, Style Matters, Kirkby Design, Camira Fabrics, Pollack.
Client: Fuller, Smith & Turner Plc
Start date: June 2019
Completion date: September 2019
About Sibley Grove:
Sibley Grove is an interior design studio founded by Kate Sibley and Jeremy Grove, based in Totnes, Devon.
We have an open and collaborative approach to design, bringing together local suppliers with global companies and clients who share our commitment and ambition to design things better.
We believe good design should enhance people’s lives and work in harmony with the natural environment.
Our clients are forward-thinking, and understand that by investing in high-quality materials from reliable sources and by respecting the identity and history of existing buildings and locations, we can create spaces that remain relevant for years to come.
Designing with this approach means that if and when the time comes for a change, the materials can be reused, re-appropriated or upcycled.
We think successful interior design combines an understanding and respect for the history of a site and its location, with a carefully thought out plan for its future.