Vaulted ceilings, coffered domes, walls in typical British brick, jail cells hidden in the basements: it is the Old Sessions House, in the heart of Clerkenwell, London, an impressive building full of history, built in 1779 as a courthouse and now listed as architectural heritage.
In this unique setting, Casa Gessi London is the first showroom in that city for Gessi, the Italian company specialized in bathroom furnishings. A space of 500 square meters on a single level, to narrate to an international audience the idea of wellness, innovation and design of the brand founded in 1992 at Serravalle Sesia, in the province of Vercelli, thanks to the intuition of Umberto Gessi and his son Gian Luca Gessi. The hard part – and hence the mastery – has been the insertion of the new bath furnishing collections in a context so rich in history, making the present converse with the past in a harmonious juxtaposition of styles and languages.
Don’t miss the Libertà lounge, a place for a relaxing break, the water games and lights of the Architectural Wellness area, or the Dressing Room of the Gessi Wellness Atelier, like a haute couture workshop in which to choose materials and finishes for custom showers and bathrooms.
Casa Gessi London is the latest international opening for the brand, after Milan, Singapore, Dubai and Shanghai.
“Gessi has always carefully selected the districts in which to open its ‘Case,’ zones that guarantee artistic and cultural exchange in each host city, in interaction with the life of the neighborhood. The choice of the Milan fashion quad, or of Orchard Road in Singapore, has been only natural, along with that of the lively Clerkenwell district in London. With more creative enterprises per square mile than any other place in the world, Clerkenwell is London’s fulcrum of such activity, one of the most exciting urban villages of the city center, with a strong sense of community,” says Gian Luca Gessi, CEO and founder of the company, together with his father Umberto.