The Mews at The Connaught
With its unrivalled reputation for legendary discretion and service, The Connaught in the heart of Mayfair, has launched its latest masterpiece with the unveiling of The Mews, a private three-storey townhouse offering guests the best of both worlds; world class Connaught hospitality along with keys to their own front door.
This one of a kind residence, accessed by its own mews-style front door on Adam’s Row is designed by influential architect Michael Blair from Blair Associates Architecture. The Mews has been built over three floors to look and feel like a private house in the heart of the city for the ultimate discerning urban traveller.
Speaking to Premier Hospitality magazine, architect Michael Blair said: “The concept of The Mews was to create a large suite joining to the hotel via direct access from the hotel reception to the suite and also to provide separate street access to allow guests to come and go discreetly via Adams Row.”
The Mews House Suite comprises a very large drawing room with a large entrance lobby, guest WC, external terrace and large en-suite bedroom plus separate entrance lobby from Adams Row leading up to the principle drawing room. The suite can be extended to include a purpose built en-suite bedroom designed in the same style at The Mews House Suite. It can also be accompanied by a number of additional bedrooms from the mezzanine simply by closing the principal doors by the link bridge therefore creating an autonomous group of bedroom attached to the Mews House Suite.
Ascending the wooden walnut staircase with bespoke leather hand rails, guests arrive into a large open-plan reception room lined with full room length 12inch (30cm) Douglas Fir floors, flooded by natural light and complete with an outside terrace for alfresco dining on one side and a baby grand piano for intimate musical recitals on the other. Guests can have full access to all elements of The Connaught’s hospitality, from the concierge’s “nothing is too much trouble” service, fresh from the oven truffle pizza delivery from Jean-Georges at The Connaught to a visit from the legendary Connaught Bar martini trolley.
Another hand carved wooden staircase leads up from the living room to the master bedroom and with double heighted ceiling, the airy and open aesthetic is felt across The Mews. The floating bed is positioned centrally in the room above a purpose designed rug reflecting soft autumn leaves, with a large headboard echoing the architectural detailing of the bedroom. A striking marble bathroom with stand-alone oversized egg-pod bathtub and double shower large sinks carved out of blocks of Calcite Azul Quarts completes the experience.
Modern art is a signature feature throughout the Mews with paintings from Irish Artist Richard Gorman hung above both fireplaces, Marc Newson designed pedestal for Taschen housing David Hockney’s hefty tome and a Louise Bourgeois work entitled ‘Couples’ greets guests on arrival. Sculptures by Camille Henrot and Annie Morris also elevate the creative experience, alongside a Walnut cabinet of personally chosen books and artefacts by Architect Michael Blair to reflect the contemporary design space.
As well as 24hr butler service throughout The Mews, The Connaught has designed some additional service touches to elevate the experience and ensures guests feel at home in their Mayfair townhouse. From bespoke Smythson stationary including personalised Mayfair leather journals to a Moynat leather jewellery trunk filled with vintage treasures from Susan Caplan to a walk-in wardrobe complete with matching Burberry trench coats. There is even a Connaught Bentley on hand to help guests explore the capital or indeed the countryside in style.
Commenting on the unveil of The Mews, Michael Blair added: “It was a very conscious decision to maintain a separate individual design ethos to the rest of the hotel to maintain the residential quality of the London Mews House yet create a very spacious and contemporary feel, which is reflected in much of the purpose design details for the suite.
“The importance of suites like these is very, very high in the sense that these spaces are like jewellery boxes – every little bit of it needs to be designed and designed carefully.”
Founded in 2001 by husband and wife team, Andrew and Natalie Cotgrove, Loomah are at the forefront of the design and supply of traditional and contemporary luxury bespoke carpets and rugs. Whether for a large commercial project, yacht or residential interior, Loomah supply fitted carpets or loose laid rugs in any size, any shape and any colour.
All their carpets are made to exact room sizes and shapes, in one piece, avoiding unsightly joins. Whether it is the simple opulence of a bespoke luxury silk carpet in a plain custom dyed colour or an intricate border design following the contours of an elaborate staircase, every project is designed to suit the specific requirements of each individual interior offering a truly bespoke product.
With over 30 years of experience working with the best artisans and factories in the industry, Andrew and Natalie decided to set up Loomah with the vision of creating a brand focused on delivering a unique personal design service. Now with a growing team and showroom in the heart of London’s luxury design district on the King’s Road, Loomah are renowned for this service, alongside exceptional quality.
The Loomah portfolio includes Madonna’s London Residence, a Villa for the Emir of Qatar in Cannes, and luxury hotels such as The Savoy, The Connaught and The Berkeley. More recently, Loomah were invited to collaborate with Michael Blair and the team at Blair Associates on the design and supply of three rugs for the Mews House at The Connaught.
At the initial consultation Loomah considered all facets of the interior, including flooring, furniture and fabrics. Michael had a clear vision for the design of the rugs, presenting his ideas in the form of hand drawn sketches.
Loomah’s designer translated these sketches into proposed rug designs with the use of CAD, utilising expertise to get the proportion and scale just right. A great deal of time was spent consulting with Blair Associates to develop the finer details, in a conscientious effort to bring Michael’s ideas to life.
Commenting on their involvement with the project, Antonina Depczynski, Designer at Loomah, said:
“Renowned worldwide for drawing together the best of British and international art and design, we feel privileged to have worked alongside Michael Blair and his team to design and supply bespoke handmade rugs for The Mews House at The Connaught.
“Whilst we have a large portfolio of designs available for customisation, it is our bespoke design service that allows our customers to create something truly unique for their space.
“As a designer, it is so exciting to collaborate with someone with the experience and creativity of Michael Blair and bring their ideas to life.”
“At Loomah we offer a complete bespoke design service with a distinct focus on a unique and personal customer experience. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and going the extra mile to ensure the end product is the ultimate in design, elegance and luxury.
“We have worked hard to build a reputation within the industry, not only as being at the forefront of design and supply of luxury carpets and rugs, but as a reliable company to work with. It was an honour to be approached by industry leaders to work on such a landmark project.”
Rathbanna specialise in the manufacture and supply of architectural metalwork to the retail, commercial and private sectors. The company works in copper, brass, bronze, pewter, stainless steel, zinc, chrome and nickel plating and has the capabilities to create specialist finishes such as bronzing and patina.
Established in 1895, Rathbanna has over 120 years’ experience in metal manufacturing and to this day remains a family-run business. Past projects for Rathbanna have included Tredwells London; Kasper Seafood Bar and Restaurant at the Savoy London; The Royal Suite at The Goring Hotel; Shoe Heaven at Harrods London; Shelbourne Hotel Dublin; The Flemings Hotel; Adare Manor Golf Club; and various works at The Berkeley Hotel including Marcus, The Opus Suites and Ballroom feature ceiling, as well as Jean Georges at The Connaught.
Most recently, Rathbanna was involved with The Mews at the Connaught working along with Blair Associates Architecture. Rathbanna were contracted to supply bespoke bronze coffee tables and side tables, as well as bespoke mirror polished stainless steel mirror frames incorporating led lighting.
James O’Neill, Rathbannas’ Sales and Estimating Executive, said:
“Having worked closely with The Maybourne Hotel Group for the past ten years, this is another facet of the type of design-led works we are associated with. There are few companies like Rathbanna who are able to turn out quality, well designed, projects with such tight deadlines.
“Rathbanna have established a good relationship with the Maybourne Group and we are proud to have worked in another exceptional project where quality and superiority shine through.”
“At Rathbanna, we are continuously searching for new concepts and ideas and working alongside architects and designers, give us the opportunity to expand on these new ideas – making visions become a reality.
“We recently re modernised all of our metal manufacturing machinery, to improve capabilities, however we still retain our traditional skillset.”
Mastercraft Construction UK Ltd
Mastercraft Construction UK Ltd specialises in the delivery of fit-out and refurbishment works for the construction industry. The company has been in operation for more than 20 years and within this time has worked on numerous prestigious projects, including Claridge’s in Mayfair, the Berkeley in Knightsbridge and The Everyman Theatre, Liverpool which won the prestigious Sterling Prize.
Most recently, Mastercraft Construction UK Ltd was appointed as the principal contractor on the Connaught Mews Project and delivered an exceptional quality product at the high end of the market.
Raymond O’Kane of Mastercraft Construction UK Ltd, said:
“The prestige of working with the Maybourne Hotel Group on The Connaught Mews is important to the company. Projects like this enhance our portfolio, keep Mastercraft Construction UK Ltd to the fore and help in securing other high end contracts.”
“At Mastercraft Construction UK Ltd we pride ourselves on the quality of our work, the professionalism of our staff and our ability to work through construction and design challenges with clients and architects.”