The Standard Hotel, London

The Standard Hotel, London

The quirky, retro modern hospitality group Standard Hotels has established a European presence with the opening of a new hotel with 266 rooms at the former Camden Council office block opposite the Victorian Gothic St Pancras Station.

Many of the hotel’s rooms offer balconies and hot tubs and this new exciting destination also offers a rooftop restaurant, a ground floor bar, recording studio and record press.

Shawn Hausman Design (SHD) designed and consulted on all five of the existing Standard Hotels in the US and led the design for bringing the offbeat individuality of the franchise to London.

When it came to lighting, SHD wanted to express individuality and sourced vintage fittings from around the world across a range of design eras using a variety of materials to express the distinctiveness of the hotel’s public areas and bedrooms. He also specified the design of new fittings based on vintage designs.

Dernier & Hamlyn worked with SHD to rewire and restore hundreds of floor and table lamps and pendant fittings, mostly from the 1970s, to ensure they met appropriate regulations and requirements, as well as manufacture new fittings to SHD’s exacting briefs.

This was a fascinating project which saw our restoration team work on some really interesting light fittings, many of which they had only ever seen previously in books and magazines. Taking SHD’s ambitious ideas to recreate individual pieces and making them reality was both challenging and rewarding.