2-4 Boundary Street
17 rooms including 5 suites
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Conran & Partners
Conran & Partners love design – its history, its heroes and its hopes. Their Boundary Hotel is a perfect reflection of this love, a veritable homage to good design housed in a converted Victorian warehouse in the heart of London’s Shoreditch district. Each of the Boundary’s 12 spacious guest rooms honours a designer or design movement admired by its creators. The Josef Hoffmann Room rejoices in the simple shapes, minimal decoration and geometric patterning for which the Austrian architect was known; the British Room showcases traditional UK design with a modern twist; the Shaker Room is governed by the simple utilitarian aesthetic favoured by the Protestant religious sect. The five suites, for their part, were personally fashioned by five unique individuals with an eye for interesting combinations and surprising juxtapositions. Modern Italian by Priscilla Carluccio features classic pieces by Paola Navone and Vico Magistretti, while Vicki Conran’s Beach is governed by cool colours and a seaside aesthetic. Sir David Tang’s Modern Chinoiserie is modelled on his own house in Sai Kong, while Conran by Sir Terence Conran highlights pieces by the designer himself as well as others he admires, including his favourite Karuselli chair by Krjo Kukkapuro.
The works of over 50 artists, photographers, graphic designers and print makers are distributed throughout these rooms and suites as well as in the rest of the building – many of them sourced directly from the collections of Terence and Vicki Conran. Notable commissions include a large and colourful three-dimensional piece by Pop Artist Richard Smith, a seven-story abstract mural by Javaid Alvi and idiosyncratic lift interiors by illustrator Adam Simpson, winner of the 2006 Quentin Blake Award. Other highlights are Light is Love by light artist Chris Levine, an eight-piece work by Parisian graffiti artist Blek le Rat and a series of provocative images by French photographer Noelle Hoeppe.
But Boundary design is not all about art and aesthetics; environmental awareness also played an integral role in the construction of the hotel, from selection of locally-sourced materials to insulation of the 120 year old building. The hotel’s most important green features are its bore holes, drilled beneath the Boundary restaurant under the guidance of The Environment Agency. One of the holes collects water and energy from the artesian reservoir, while the other returns the resource after it has been used to operate the air conditioning and refrigeration systems – fine living at minimal ecological cost.