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The Beaufort Room: Meet the Makers

We have refurbished our gorgeous Beaufort Room with some specially designed and crafted boardroom furniture and 2 beautiful paintings of the beloved view over Petersham Meadows from the top of Richmond Hill. To celebrate the completion of the room, we wanted to introduce the wonderful creatives who made these bespoke pieces for us.

 

Nadia Day, local artist

Creator of our new paintings of the view from the terrace at the top of Richmond Hill.

How did you go about capturing the scenes looking over Petersham Meadows?

 

I met with Diane at Richmond Hill Hotel and upon seeing the meeting room space we agreed that there were actually two adjacent walls which offered an interesting platform to display some local views. To celebrate the hotel’s prime positioning at the top of the hill, we knew the landscapes should reflect that vista; but it was going to be a challenge to create two pieces of the same view in different ways but in keeping with the fresh décor choices of the room’s design. I immediately did a photoshoot on the terrace with the room’s space in my mind. The light was great being midday and I took a series of images of the terrace from different angles. I knew the end result would be adjacent paintings taking the viewer on a journey along the terrace. I then painted in my studio directly from the photos. 

 

Which medium(s) did you use to create your pieces and how long did they take to complete?

 

I used acrylic paint and the painting stage took about three weeks to complete, with both canvases on easels next to each other being worked on at the same time. I wanted to have a continuity of pallet across the paintings so they would sit comfortably on adjacent walls. Unlike oils, acrylic paint dries quite fast, so I could, for example, work on the sky on one painting and then while that dried, start the sky on the other canvas. If a technique or colour worked particularly well on one, I could immediately apply it to the other. 

 

 

What is your favourite time of year here in Richmond?

 

I am quite recognised as an artist for painting snowy Richmond Park scenes, with deer silhouetted against the snow, so people may assume it is winter. However, it is definitely summer! I love all the outdoor activities Richmond has to offer, walking and jogging in the park, relaxing on Richmond Green, and enjoying evening drinks by the river. I was lucky enough to grow up in Richmond so have experienced all of these things a hundred times over through the years. In summertime the view from the hill is spotted with figures enjoying the outdoors; the terrace bushes are verdant and green; the central field before the river has turned golden from the sun; creating a fabulous contrast with the white bend of the river and the darker horizon tones. That is the artist in me talking!

 

Nadia Day is a celebrated local artist, producing highly recognisable landscapes of the Thames, Richmond Hill and our Royal parks. Her impressionistic style is fresh and she opts for pallet knives and thick brushstrokes to create bold and energetic pieces. 

 

Website: www.sketchyday.co.uk

Contact: info@sketchyday.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Elton, designer & craftsman

Designer of our beautiful bespoke new boardroom furniture in the Beaufort Room

1) Where did your interest in design and craftsmanship originate from?

 

My interest came from a very early age, helping my dad in his bronze foundry drew me towards creating with my hands. Then at school I did CDT (Craft, Design & Technology) - combining my arts heritage with new found designs made me happy and excited. All of these things fitted with my creative mind set and I haven’t looked back since.

 

2) Is it important to you to look at styles of the past in creating contemporary designs?

 

Definitely, and all the time! It’s pleasurable and I strive to be simplistic and minimal with my designs. Functionalism is a passion of mine, and only by looking at the past can you understand the best ways to move forwards.

 

3) How did you go about creating these bespoke pieces for Richmond Hill Hotel?

 

This was a real pleasure - I was asked to help design some furniture for the space and as always I am quite timed when pushing my designs. However this time I showed my new collection of modular shelving and my new Beatrice chairs and Clue table as an option. The team loved it! I designed the pieces to work in a period room as well as a minis modernist space. So very pleased.

 

 

If you would like to find out more about his designs, building, or products, Matt has opened a new design studio in central london called studio-hygger.

 

Contact: matt@studio-hygger.com

Instagram: @healstendeter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explore more features of the Beaufort Room and find out more about all of our other meetings & events spaces here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1) Where did your interest in design and craftsmanship originate from?

My interest came from a very early age, helping my dad in his bronze foundry draw me towards creating Witt my hands, then at school doing CDT - combining my arts heritage and new found design made me happy and exited - jut say they fitted with my mind set and I haven’t looked back since.

 

2) Is it important to you to look at styles of the past in creating contemporary designs?

Defiantly! All the time, it’s pleasurable and I strive to be simplistic and minimal with my designs. Functionalism is a passion of mine, and only looking at the past can you understand moving forward.

 

3) How did you go about creating these bespoke pieces for Richmond Hill Hotel?

This was a real pleasure - I was ask to help design some Furniture for the space and as always I am quite timed when pushing my designs. However this time I showed my new collection of modular shelving and my new Beatrice chairs and Clue table as an option. The team loved it! I designed he prices to work in a period room as well as a minis modernist space. So very pleased.

 

If you would like us to include a photo or any particular contact info etc do let me know.

Please just say if the would like to know more Matt has opened a new design studio in central london called studio-hygger - 

matt@studio-hygger.com. For designs and build and product!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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