The latest entry in the London portfolio of Autograph Collection – the chain of independent hotels of Marriott International – The Dixon is located in an iconic Edwardian building designed in 1905 by the architect John Dixon Butler. Originally a courthouse, then a police station and prison, it has been completely renovated by Consarc Design Group, to transform it into an exclusive cultural destination.
The interior design by Rani Ahluwalia of M Studio London and twenty2degrees reveals the hotel’s passion for art, with selected works that stand out alongside a combination of classic and contemporary design, as well as fine details that reflect the history of South Bank, such as the restored keys of the original cells, the benches carved by prisoners awaiting a verdict, or the handcuffs inserted in the chandelier over the main staircase.
At the Courtroom Bar drinks are served under the original bench of the judge above the bar, while a more eclectic, informal atmosphere is found in the Provisioners restaurant, inspired by the main movements of modern design, from the Bauhaus to Mid-Century Modern, but also British industrial design. The most specific reference, in the latter case, is to Sir Kenneth Grange, whose works are hung on the walls.
High ceilings and Edwardian moldings in the stylish rooms and suites, where the contract division of Lema UK has developed all the custom furnishings to meet the stylistic needs of the designers: wardrobes, paneling, beds, TV units, minibars, as well as doors and furnishings for the bathrooms. The result? Elegantly balanced atmospheres, with contrasts of materials and colors, in a contemporary palette of sober grays, bright yellows and blues, and a minimalist reinterpretation in the metal frames of doors and mirrors.