Entered through a grand Edwardian carriageway, High Holborn’s Rosewood London, occupies a bold confection of a belle époque building. Its lavish original interior architecture must have been a gift to designer Martin Brudnizki, whose design studio was responsible for hotel’s dining room and bar, the latter of which, Scarfe’s Bar, is dedicated to the work of satirical cartoonist Gerald Scarfe.
Apart from accommodating plenty of Scarfe’s work, Brudnizki’s interior is masterful in its use of colour and its mix of styles. It’s part hushed gentleman’s club library, with its illuminated mahogany bookcases; part boudoir, in its use of dainty slipper chairs; and part Art Deco ocean liner. All that dark wood, leather and dimmed table lighting suggest a place for holing up for an extended session of convivial conversation.
Brudniski’s palette of colours and materials is easily replicated, with the colour of the huge verdigris copper lantern picked up in the mint-coloured chairs. Ikat cushions in red, white and blue echo the blue leather bar stools and red leather wingback chairs, which are a less fussy, more streamlined style than the classic buttoned version. The odd standalone vintage piece steals the look away from uniformity.