Later this month, 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites & Residences, London will unveil its new Cinema Suite created by acclaimed Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee.
At once a journey through world cinema and an ode to tradition, the 1,832 square foot, two bedroom suite, with dining room, study, powder room and kitchen, has been designed in tribute to the history of film and takes inspiration from motion pictures across the globe. Aptly, the Cinema Suite will open just ahead of celebrations marking 100 years of Indian film in 1913.
The suite is inspired most notably by 1940s and 1950s Hollywood as well as the Indian Cinema era of the 1950’s. Guests will find reference to masters such as Ray, Francis Ford Coppola and Bergman in the imposing study, world cinema leaders like Majidi, Wong Kar-Wai and Almodovarin amongst the cultured kitch of the living room and echoes of The Stepford Wives in the kitchen. They will sense the golden Hollywood era of Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe in one bedroom whilst the other draws on colonial inspiration and renowned Indian artists such as Guru Dutt and Merchant Ivory and Bimal Roy.
The suite is a celebration of personalised detail and global culture. Visitors will marvel at breathtakingly rare Bollywood film prints, remarkable history books, vintage mirrors and a myriad of portraits and drawings. From the leather Chesterfield to precious glassware, intriguing art and antique rugs, world arts and crafts are displayed throughout. Each wall is a work of art in itself, with striking Nina Campbell wallpapers in burnt orange, black and red, laden with curios collected from over 32 different cultures. Sumptuous silk drapery meets magnificent oak flooring, while priceless antique furniture displays ornaments such as rare Chinese porcelain, Bhutanese frames and 1920s embroidered Indian lamps.
The Cinema Suite is an urban cocoon featuring cutting-edge technology which perfectly blends in with the glamorous design. The 85 inch plasma cinema screen, with a 3D state of the art home theatre system, is one of the biggest private screens in any London hotel suite. It is assisted by a world class Steinway Lyngdorf cinema system - a fully immersive cinematic experience which raises the bar in terms in-hotel audio visual offerings. The system has been preloaded with a repertoire of 300 international motion pictures, books and music, chosen by Sabyasachi himself to acknowledge that time is well spent amongst films, art and culture.
The Cinema Suite is the second designer collaboration for 51 Buckingham Gate, following the launch of the world’s first Jaguar Suite which was conceived by Jaguar Design Director, Ian Callum and opened at the hotel in autumn 2011.