Grosvenor Britain & Ireland and partners Corbin & King Hotels, have unveiled ROOM, an inhabitable sculpture by leading British artist Antony Gormley for The Beaumont Hotel. The hotel is being developed by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland and will be the first hotel operated by restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King when it opens in the Autumn.
The three storey high, stainless steel, inhabitable figurative sculpture, doubles as a unique guest room and its incorporation into the fabric of the building reflects the exceptional standards set by The Beaumont Hotel.
Speaking at the unveiling, Peter Vernon, CEO Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, said:
“Our purpose at Grosvenor is to create and manage inspiring places for people to live and work. ROOM, a structure by Antony Gormley, a man so widely acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and public artworks, is going to play a big part in making Brown Hart Gardens one of London’s special places within the West End. A place where workers, Londoners and visitors from around the world can be delighted by discovering another of London’s truly special intimate places that give the West End its unique character.
“So this is a truly exciting moment for us at Grosvenor and also a moment when we all can celebrate both our heritage and today’s inspiring creativity.”
ROOM has a stainless steel exterior, while the interior is cased in fumed oak. The sculpture forms the bedroom of the suite, with the dressing, bathroom, lounge and dining areas inside the main building.
Commenting on his inspiration for ROOM, Antony Gormley said:
"I take the body as our primary habitat. ROOM contrasts a visible exterior of a body formed from large rectangular masses with an inner experience. The interior of ROOM is only 4 metres square but 10 metres high: close at body level, but lofty and open above. Shutters over the window provide total blackout and very subliminal levels of light allow me to sculpt darkness itself. My ambition for this work is that it should confront the monumental with the most personal, intimate experience."
The Beaumont Hotel is the first five-star hotel to open on Grosvenor’s Mayfair estate in the last decade, and the first time that restaurateurs Corbin & King have entered the luxury hotel market. The bespoke hotel comprises 73 bedrooms and suites as well as public areas including a restaurant and lobby bar, residents’ lounge, meeting room and spa, which will offer first class amenities in a central area of London, North Mayfair.
The Beaumont Hotel is the latest development in Grosvenor Britain & Ireland’s on-going investment in North Mayfair and reflects the company’s vision to create an exciting destination where people choose to live in, work and visit. The unveiling of ROOM reflects the importance of public art in the creation of exciting and inspiring places and follows the recent completion of public realm works on North Audley Street, Duke Street and the opening of the redeveloped Brown Hart Gardens, which ROOM and The Beaumont Hotel overlook.
A video of Antony Gormley talking about ROOM is available to watch at www.Grosvenorlondon.com
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Notes to Editors
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland aims to create value through its skills in place-making and design, repositioning locations in ways that change customer perceptions and deliver results for our stakeholders. We own and develop an exceptional range of properties and locations in Britain and Ireland through two business units: our London estate, responsible for assets across 300 acres of Mayfair and Belgravia, and Grosvenor Developments, responsible for all off-estate activity in Britain and Ireland. Both teams have a common goal: to create great places for people to live, work and visit. As at 31 December 2013, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland had assets under management of £5bn.
CORBIN & KING
Chris Corbin and Jeremy King have been business partners for over thirty years and in that time have developed, owned and managed some of London’s most respected, revered and successful restaurants. More recently, in 2003, they opened what was considered to be London’s first Grand Café, The Wolseley in Piccadilly, in 2013 voted Restaurant of the Decade by popular vote at Taste of London, and regularly topping the lists as London’s favourite restaurant in the Zagat and Hardens guides. In 2011, they opened The Delaunay, a Grand Café with a mittel-European slant, located on the corner of Aldwych and Drury Lane. The adjacent Counter at The Delaunay is a relaxed café and take-away.
In June 2012, they opened the 240-seat, spectacular Art Deco Brasserie Zédel just off Piccadilly Circus in London’s Soho, serving classic French brasserie food at remarkably low prices; the venue also houses the Bar Américain, ZL Café and a cabaret space, The Crazy Coqs. 2012 ended with the opening of Colbert, an informal neighbourhood brasserie on Sloane Square in Chelsea.
Prior to 2003, Corbin and King owned and managed some of London’s most famous restaurants, including Le Caprice (opened 1981), The Ivy (1990) which consistently topped the Zagat and Hardens Guides as the most popular restaurant in London, and J Sheekey (1998), all as part of Caprice Holdings, which they sold in 1998, staying on as directors until 2002.
2014 sees the opening of Fischer’s, an informal, neighbourhood café and konditorei evocative of Vienna in the early 20th century on Marylebone High Street and the opening of their first hotel, the 73-room Beaumont in Mayfair.