Great Northern Hotel
Archer Humphryes’ heroine for the project was the glamorous Lady Violet, a famous resident from its glory days. In GNH, the black of the Italian marble bar counter follows the curvaceous crescent form of the building. This is combined with a chequered marble floor, red velvet and black leather upholstery, and walnut palette as a reference to the original teak passenger locomotives. A mirrored ceiling emphasises crystal chandeliers reminiscent of Belle Époque interiors. Furniture was designed by the architects to provide a mixture of comfort and drama.