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July 4, 2013updated Jul 15, 2013

Claridge’s Unveils Brand New Space: The Map Room

By Chris Boyle

Map Room resizedMayfair-based Art Deco hotel Claridge’s of London, part of Maybourne Hotel Group, has unveiled a new dedicated space, designed to meet the needs of today’s global business traveler. 

While creating an ideal hideaway to read, relax and be inspired, The Map Room marries the needs of modern travelers with the style and art deco flair for which Claridge’s is renowned. 

Elegantly designed by internationally renowned British design workshop Linley, the Map Room keeps business travellers in touch and ‘in the know’ – however far from home they may be. 

The Map Room at Claridge’s is far more than just a place to catch up on emails, check the latest market movements or arrange to meet with clients. With all the style that makes Claridge’s so special, and the impeccable service that ensures everything runs like clockwork, it is a beautifully designed bolt-hole created to inspire the generation of ideas and the flow of conversations. 

Map Room 2 resizedIn fact, to impress this point, Claridge’s will shortly be launching their own inspirational gallery where some of the hotel’s distinguished guests will reveal items that have been the source of their greatest inspiration and creative genius. 

Commenting on the creation of the Map Room, General Manager Thomas Kochs said: “We set out to create a special place for our guests that makes a nod to the past, but also references the present and the future. We wanted to apply the same magic, touch, feel and subtle emotional experience that we deliver in other parts of the hotel. Welcome to business travel, Claridge’s style.” 

The focal point of the room, and the piece from which it takes its name, is a magnificent marquetry wall-size map of the world – alluding to the notion of the adventure inherent in travel. 

Drawing on the glamour of the golden age of travel, when liners sailed the Atlantic and deco décor dressed the first-class lounges of the Orient Express, Linley’s design pays homage to the hotel’s celebrated art deco aesthetic with hand-crafted furnishings – from the Transatlantic Chair with its generous curves, to the high-backed Salon Sofa. 

Across two walls are in-built solid wood bookcases, where guests will find a comprehensive library, covering art, fashion and design. There’s also a carefully sourced selection of magazines; from Monocle to Intelligent Life, to the Robb Report and The Rake. 

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Commenting on the new space, David Linley said, “Creating interiors for this beautiful hotel feels very natural to me. I admire the history and heritage of Claridge’s so the Map Room was an absolute joy to work on. Claridge’s, like Linley, is a global company, so it seemed appropriate to use maps to illustrate the space and the romantic notion of adventure.” 

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