Portobello Art is an artwork consultant with more than 25 years of experience in the interior design, hotel and leisure industries. Specialising in producing bespoke artwork, Portobello design, source and manufacture images to meet a detailed brief, taking schemes from the concept stage through to manufacture and installation.
Clients include the well known hotel brands of Hilton, Holiday Inn, GLH Thistle, Premier Inn, HIX; Care Groups like Cambrian Healthcare and Leisure Resorts such as CenterParcs as well as many designers and architects.
According to Managing Director, Richard Lewis: “The hospitality market is becoming increasingly competitive and most hoteliers and designers are now realising this. Consequently innovative 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.
The placement of art in hotels has become very important. Richard adds: “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.
Digitally printed wallpaper has been popular for years for feature walls in open spaces, but ONE PIECE wallpaper has gone one step further.
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 at Holiday Inn, Liverpool Lime Street, where we first sourced all the separate images, in a Liverpudlian theme of course, and then merged them together to create this dramatic collage”. Stunning.
One new trend which seems to have captured the imagination of most upmarket hotels is the Open Lobby Concept. 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 – Brentford Lock, London in March 2013. The open lobby concept is a revolutionary approach which has transformed the traditional hotel lobby format by combining the front desk, lobby, restaurant, bar, lounge area and business centre into one open, cohesive space.
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 examples below).
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.
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