Velvet at the Corinthia, London

dpa were thrilled to be commissioned by Corinthia London to develop the lighting scheme alongside renowned Interior Designers, David Collins Studio for the new Velvet Bar at the Corinthia.

Velvet takes the place of Corinthia’s former bar “Bassoon”, which has been completely reimagined by David Collins Studio. The transformation sees furniture re-upholstered, rich velvet drapery introduced and new artwork by Robson Stannard throughout; dpa worked closely with both the Hotel and David Collins Studio to highlight these new features appropriately. All lighting has been re-lamped, with beam angles carefully considered, re-aimed and scene-set to create focus and drama throughout the bar. The introduction of additional theatre-style Par Can lights to a new stage area, backed by the deep red velvet drapery, creates a new focus to Velvet, transporting guests back to the roaring twenties, an era where opulence, indulgence and celebration took centre stage. The lighting levels were carefully considered to provide a seductive, intimate atmosphere that compliments the magic and theatre of the acclaimed bartender and mixologist Salvatore Calabrese’s innovative twist on classic cocktails. It has already been claimed that this will be one of London’s most desirable cocktail destinations.

To learn more about the inspiration behind Robson Stannard’s artwork featured at Velvet at The Corinthia, click here

Client: Corinthia Hotel
Interior Designer: David Collins Studio
Photographer: Alex Upton Photography