Seating and tables by Yorkshire-based Design at Knightsbridge have travelled across the Pennines to be installed in Manchester’s Lowry Hotel as part of a complete renovation of the bar and restaurant.
Located at the heart of the revitalised Chapel Wharf area on the border between Manchester and Salford, Rocco Forte Hotels’ Lowry is the first five-star hotel in Greater Manchester. The property presents an elegant facade, with a dramatic frontage in curved glass enhancing its airy interior.
Furnishings for the refurbished bar and restaurant were selected personally by Olga Polizzi, Rocco Forte Hotels’ director of design. The Knightsbridge team worked alongside the Lowry’s in-house designer, Tim Young, and general manager, Peter Kienast, in the careful selection of products, fabrics and finishes.
The contract included the supply and placement of armchairs, desk and club chairs, as well as occasional tables from the recently-extended Lucia range. Simple, clean lines are complemented by subtle retro-references, and the collection is presented with a refreshing mix of timber and wire frames. Completing the smart new look is
Kvadrat upholstery in charcoal, offset by flashes of topstitched detailing in supple turquoise leather.
The Lowry’s Lucia seating has been teamed with Harvey tables topped with stylish black-smoked glass. Both the Lucia and Harvey collections are exclusive to Design at Knightsbridge, having been created for the company by consultant designer, James A Wright.
In addition to supplying new seating and tables for the Lowry, Knightsbridge craftsmen were also commissioned to completely refurbish the existing settees and high stools in the hotel bar, and to re-cover the upright dining chairs in the restaurant.
All the restoration work was carried out at the Knightsbridge factory in Bradford, where the Lucia and Harvey ranges are also manufactured using traditional methods. The timber used comes from renewable sources, and the wire under-frames are produced in the UK.