You can not have a home closer to the clouds…
Designing the interiors for the most prestigious suites in London atop of the famous Shard came as an exciting challenge for our studio. The nature of the building with sloping structural pillars and sophisticated use of glazing panels created offered opportunities for an innovative approach. FM embraced this challenge, designing and developing custom furniture to complement the space and its specific characteristics. Diverse and lustrous materials were thoughtfully selected to accent the natural light and play along with the changing colours of the sky.
“We wanted to create a space with a soul, contemplative and soothing, but also holding its own against the skyline of London. Most important was to create a cozy feeling for guests – a ‘nest’ of intimate comfort inside a modern architectural monument.”
Francesca Muzio and Maria Silvia Orlandini
Lighting was developed with great care in this project. It was important to not overpower the views. Warm, well-lit spaces were accomplished by refracting light with glass details and ornately etched mirrors. Discrete ambient lighting along the walls and in the shelves were designed to strike a perfect balance between inside and out.
Within all the prestigious Shangri-La Suites, the difference is in the details. The ink washed geese motif painted by hand was derived from a famous tale of Chinese calligraphy. Gracefully introducing oriental elegance to the western European capital, we used precious materials such as fine silk wall coverings, horn, bronze, bamboo and woven leather details. These were combined with natural marbles and contemporary woods to relate to the urban cityscape.
FM Architettura always takes care of every detail, paying the utmost attention local assets. Each of the signature suites has its own unique layout, each taking advantage of the vista and architectural marvel in its own way…
Discerning travelers will enjoy world-class service amidst precious materials and inspirational architecture and design.