Led by the prestigious New York-based architect Matthew Grzywinski, Oxan was entrusted with sole delivery of furniture and fittings for Leman Locke, a 168-room hotel in the area of Aldgate in East London; a place that is rapidly becoming synonymous with a young, fresh influx of visitors and residents.
Throughout the project, Grzywinski presented designs which were not only harmonious and functional, but which also worked within a compact, urban space.
The initial designs were drawn on our CAD software, Oxan also designed specific bespoke details to aid the brief given by the architect.
The main challenge for this project was supplying and working in the heart of London; as many urban projects, space for working and installing is at a premium. The project ran at a fast pace, therefore meaning that global logistics with sourcing of raw materials had to be carefully considered in order to deliver on time for the production process.
Taking the architect’s brief very seriously, Oxan sourced the very best materials from around the globe. The Wardrobes are made from American plywood, and only gently lacquered to maintain original finishes. They are lined with felt sourced from Louisiana. The handles for the wardrobes are also handmade using traditional techniques.
At the core of the aesthetic was the highly contemporary, polished finish of the outside building. It was therefore essential to give each of the spaces a slick, flawless finish, whilst fitting into all the angles and brief spaces in a manner that was both comfortable and peaceful, despite being compact.
Designs included Tandembox soft-closing drawers by BLUM, Silverstone quartz worktops with softened edges and matching splash-backs, and integrated LEDs in flash-finished aluminium channels.