Chelsom – Cannizaro House

Chelsom create bespoke centerpiece for Cannizaro House

Cannizaro House holds the accolade as one of the oldest hotels in Wimbledon. Having played host to Lord Tennyson, Henry James, Oscar Wilde and even the Maharajah of the Punjab, its walls have born witness to some of history’s most colourful characters. Revived as a boutique hotel back in the 80’s, Cannizaro House has recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment to restore it to its former grandeur as one of the most glamorous hotels in South West London.

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The final stage in the £3million pound renovation is The Orangerie restaurant overlooking the stunning Cannizaro Park and Chelsom were commissioned to create a unique lighting feature for the project. The design team from STS Design created a beautiful contemporary interior scheme which complemented the original hotel building perfectly and Chelsom worked closely with them to ensure the lighting enhanced the overall design aesthetic.

Room with a view- cropped

The spectacular centrepiece chandelier is undoubtedly the focal point of The Orangerie, featuring a cascading sculpture of more than 200 clear glass balls offset with a single sphere of lime green mouth- blown glass designed to coordinate with the wider interior scheme. Randomly suspended on fine steel strainer wires around a 2m cartwheel frame, the hand-made ellipse glass balls are of varying sizes and have been designed to create an illusion of floating bubbles. The fitting creates striking impact in the heart of The Orangerie yet also offers ease of maintenance through the chrome ceiling plate which allows easy access to the transformers. Illuminated by 35 watt Britespot lamps built in to the metal framework, the fitting serves to complement the natural light of The Orangerie and has been designed to be as energy efficient as possible to provide a long life solution to reduce maintenance.

orangerie at cannizaro house-cropped


All Images © Chelsom 2014


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Alys' experience as a furniture designer, along with her in-depth marketing knowledge, makes her uniquely placed to work with the BCFA as the Editor of Design Insider and run her marketing business, Method Communications.
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