Designer Paul Smith has collaborated with art and design publisher Rizzoli by selecting over 50 of its books for One Aldwych hotel’s new Lounge At One. When One Aldwych opened in 1998, the design was described as the first of its kind, as a contemporary luxury hotel within a celebrated classic 1907 building.
Designed by Fox Linton Associates and featuring a palette of clarets, taupes and purples, the Lounge At One space is a 1,500 square feet (140 square meters). Among its features include: sofas and armchairs at a central media area that has a selection of iPads, magazines and newspapers, as well as Smith’s choice Rizzoli books; and a “quiet zone”.
Specially commissioned abstract contemporary art inspired by the building’s 1907 heritage as the headquarters of The Morning Post newspaper include a papier maché goose made entirely from pages of Le Monde by Aude Goalec and Nicole Jacobs, a spliced book text installation by Thurle Wright, and a three-dimensional artwork created with vintage letterpress print blocks by Robert Wilson.
Smith and Rizzoli are the hotel’s neighbors in Covent Garden. The books chosen by Smith include fashion, art, and photography, such as “Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent” and “Cecil Beaton: The New York Years”. He also selected titles such as “The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles” and “Cinelli”.