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Artwork Solutions for all your Interior Design Projects

Suppliers of artwork, mirrors and bric-a-brac, Portobello Art is an artwork consultant with nearly 30 years experience in the interior design, hotel and leisure industries. Specialising in producing bespoke artwork, Portobello Art design, source and manufacture images to meet a detailed brief, taking schemes from the concept stage through to production and installation.

Our clients range from large international hotel groups (Hilton & IHG) to privately owned hotels, leisure resorts (CenterParcs), Care Home Groups (Cambian) as well as many designers and architects.

The hospitality market is becoming increasingly competitive and most hoteliers and designers are now realising this. Consequently creative and imaginative artwork plays a significant role in promoting the unique identity of a hotel and is recognised as being a key component of creating the feel and atmosphere and bringing colour, vitality and inspiration to all environments.

There are so many ways to display framed artwork depending on the environment – go for the cluster gallery wall of art using quirky frame shapes and sizes for corridors or a standard set of prints above a dining or conference table or hang just one colourful canvas print in the bedrooms (as shown below).

The placement of art in hotels has become very important.  Lobby and reception areas are where something more dramatic and memorable is needed to create that real wow factor, setting the hotel apart from its competitors.

A feature wall using digitally printed wallpaper has always been a great way of creating that impact, but we have gone one step further using ONE PIECE wallpaper.

This eradicates any previous issues, such as joining intrinsic designs seamlessly, as the ‘One Piece’ covers expansive areas eliminating the need for seams. This has now given us the ability to create enormous collages made up of numerous individual images which was not previously possible – see photo above of Holiday Inn, Liverpool Lime Street, where we first sourced all the separate images, in a Liverpudlian them of course, and then merged them together to create this dramatic collage.

One new trend which seems to have captured the imagination of most upmarket hotels is the Open Lobby Concept – transforming the traditional hotel lobby format by combining the front desk, lobby, restaurant, bar, lounge area and business centre into one open, cohesive space. Holiday Inn, part of IHG, were one of the first hotel groups to try this out when they launched it in their brand new Holiday Inn at Brentford Lock in March 2013.

Portobello Art were delighted to be contracted to provide all the wallpaper, artwork and decorative accessories for this first project and have since completed over 20 Holiday Inns all over the UK during the last 3 years (see one example above at HI Manchester City Centre).  And other Hotel groups are now following this trend with open lobbies appearing in Hilton Hotels, (Doubletree, Garden Inn and Hampton), Mercure and Millennium for many of which we’ve provided all the artwork and bric-a-brac as well.

At Portobello we understand that every customer and every project is different.  We will work together with our clients to develop and create bespoke imagery (all manufactured in-house) that is innovative and practical and stands out from the crowd whether for a single project or for brand rollouts.  Our reputation has been built on the personal, friendly and reliable service of our designers and the proven ability to create and deliver quality hand crafted artwork on time and within budget.

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