Last week's Good Question: Identify Sconces From Connaught Bar? inspired us to dig a little deeper in the Connaught's photo archives, and we're glad we did! The luxury hotel in London's Mayfair Village has emerged from the first phase of renovations and has a distinct contemporary edge for a hotel built in 1897...
• 1 The Coburg Bar in the hotel — the hotel was originally named The Coburg Hotel (after Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg) and was renamed The Connaught Hotel in 1917 (after Queen Victoria's third son, Prince Arthur, the Duke of Connaught). I love the dark bruise-like colors and patterned floor and the Julian Opie portraits!
• 2 The Eagle's Lodge sitting room — this suite's design has a refined nautical look.
• 3 The interior of the restaurant Hélène Darroze at the Connaught was designed by India Mahdavi and the blend of contemporary textiles and traditional paneled walls is spot-on.
• 4 The Connaught Suite's sitting room.
• 5 The impressive bathroom in the Sutherland Suite!
The goal of the renovation was to create a "distinct sense of place" — remaining loyal to the hotel's history and incorporating a modern element.