The Thief Hotel Will Steal Your Anglophilic Heart With Its Brit Suite
The Broom Suite
It always seems to come as a surprised to us highly reticent, self-effacing Britons that other nations dig us – especially since we are a nation of inveterate travellers, always off on our long weekends and citybreaks to escape Broken Britain™.
But dig us they do, and the latest place to show its Britophilia is the Thief Hotel in Oslo, which has just unveiled two suites which it describes as “a homage to British design, art and culture”. Luckily there’s not a Union Jack inside – this is sleek, classy and understated Britain on show.
One is, fittingly, called The Brit Suite, and is entirely furnished with hand-made Conran (as in Terence) loot. The other is The Broom Suite, which gives the furnishings over to Lee Broom, this latest generation’s Conran, for his first hotel project. British photography and art by Bryan Ferry (yeah the real Bryan Ferry) and Sarah Hardacre complete the Anglocentricity. As you can see, this is sleek and stylish Britain on display - not a Union Jack in sight.
The Brit Suite
The designers themselves didn’t plan the rooms – that job was left to Karina Holmen from Norwegian group ESKE. But maybe we can give her honorary Brit status now.
The two rooms have a lot to live up to – The Thief’s last designer suite, which was Oslo-themed, won best suite in the 2013 European Hotel Design Awards. Let’s be terribly un-British and say we have confidence that they will make the nation proud again. (Unlike the World Cup team.)
[Photo: The Thief]