Flemings Hotel has had a long history of collaborating with local Mayfair galleries and British artists to showcase their unique art and photography. As part of the hotel's £15M refurbishment, much consideration was given to the works that would eventually adorn the walls of all the guest rooms and public areas, including Ormer Mayfair, Manetta's Bar, and the Drawing Room. A wonderfully expansive selection of studies photographs along with modern art now graces the premises allowing guests to discover art at Flemings hotel.
In a new curatorial collaboration, the owners of Flemings Mayfair have developed a strong partnership with professional celebrity photographer Dr Andy Gotts MBE MA, who is most noted for his considered black and white portraits of the world's most famous actors, singers and fashion luminaries.
They have commissioned his unique portraiture, with each celebrity having been to Flemings between 2014 and 2016, and they now feature in the hotel's newly designed luxury bedrooms, suites and apartments. These leading lights include Kate Moss, Nicole Scherzinger, Naomi Campbell, Rita Ora, Hugh Grant, Gary Barlow and Harrison Ford, to name a few.
The curation for the stylish Manetta's Bar was carefully selected to review the original hangout at Flemings back in the 1930s, a space hosting a wealth of creative spirits during a time of turmoil. The walls are adorned with characterful detections by British artist Kate Boxer of writers Agatha Christie, James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, and Alice B. Toklas. With a sark and sultry colour palette of black upholstery, polished rose gold detailing, and jewel red hints in soft velvet and supple leather tactile materials. This space exudes nothing but sophisticated opulence.
THE DRAWING ROOM
It is a stunning and serene location for a genteel afternoon tea or relaxing cocktail. The refined Indian-inspired room is a luxury haven that grasps the essence of a traditional Regency drawing room with its high ceilings, sash windows and original fireplace that dates back to 1851.
The room's heritage is complemented by glorious de Gournay hand-painted panels depicting early views of India that fill the walls and the colourful "Tree of Life" artwork by intuitive British painter Eileen Schaer, acknowledged for her dreamlike paintings, positioned above the fireplace. This piece perfectly matches the room's theme with its velvety turquoise and soft grey colour scheme. The interpretation, which Charles Darwin uses as a metaphor of the evolutionary descent, is also open to much interpretation, such as referring to a religious concept.
ORMER MAYFAIR RESTAURANT
Continuing the theme of housing and supporting British artwork, Ormer Mayfair is filled by artists including Emma Haggas. Her abstract and still life paintings compliment the quintessentially British 1930s-inspired interior of aged oak wood panelling, geometrical, monochrome marble floors and green velvet banquettes. Alternatively, guests can enjoy the chef's exquisite cooking in the intimate setting of the private dining rooms surrounded by a showcase of Hampshire born Fi Katzler's vibrant and full-of-life landscapes.
The Half Moon Suite also features Roland Ossory Dunlop's 19th-century 'Portrait of a Woman'; some of his works are displayed in Tate Britain.