Andaz hotels collaborate with local artists and top interior designers. What better way of geting to know a city? In Amsterdam, Andaz invited Marcel Wanders, the Dutch designer internationally known for his contemporary take on Delft blue vases, and his interior design projects that contrast tradition and modernity.
In London, the Andaz Hotel on Liverpool Street, the most civilised hotel in the heart of the City, started a fabulous series with local artists. Why I say civilised – you may ask? Picture this. You walk in through the magnificent lobby, are invited to sit for your check-in, and someone will hand you a delightful libation, in the morning is fresh juice, in the evening a glass of wine or something sparkling. Then, with his iPad, he will proceed to check you in.
Luck you if you booked a room designed and conceived by the artist that has been invited to create the first Room With a View of the series.
You are definitely in for a treat.
Andaz Liverpool Street invited four British artists to celebrate the surrounding area, East London, Hackney, its rich history and multiple vocation. You have the financial heart of London, the tech startups environment, the art galleries and designers, all in a 5 mile radius. They rest upon sacred ground, with hundreds of years of history. London’s rich trade history with the Far East shaped the fashion mores of its dwellers.
We were invited by Andaz to take a peek on the first of the series, created by London artists Chris Price and his wife and collaborator Delisia Howard, who explained the creative process and the history of the Pearly Queens and Kings that inspired their work for the first room of the Room With a View series.
After seeing the room we went to the Champagne Lounge, where the most delightful canapes were served. If you have not yet visited Catch, and its adjacent Champagne Lounge, I urge you to go. After 5 pm the place is usually brimming with City professionals, and the accidental tourist.