Before the Warings of Liverpool joined with the Gillows of Lancaster to form a furniture company bearing their names in 1897, their bloodlines in the creation of fine furniture already extended over 150 years. Their commissions were royal and their clientele was among the aristocracy and gentry of England and Europe. (The Warings outfitted luxury ships like Lusitania and the Queen Mary; the Gillows are credited with inventing the billiards table.)
Now, in 2014, the name Waring & Gillow returns to manufacturing and offers a new line of exquisitely designed furniture with more on the way. With Sean taking the lead as Creative Director, the new furniture promises to be modern and progressive while referencing the classic styles of the past that even today make Waring & Gillow pieces so prized.
Below are selections of our second internal prototype collection of the Oxford line. The final phase of the line will be available in a variety of lacquered colors.
A view of our Ho Chi Minh City showroom where we've partnered with premier UK manufacturer of luxury sofas and upholstery Parker & Farr.
Some of our curated collection below:
You may've heard, Sean did The Line Hotel.
In case you haven't: As of its soft opening on January 1, The Line occupies 12 stories of minimalist Modernism in the center of Koreatown's throbbing heart at Wilshire and Normandie. Sean redesigned the public spaces including the lobby and lounge bar area, two restaurants, and the 388 guestrooms.
Sean describes the project as “a true representation of LA” rather than a Hollywood style recreation. Its design is a sympathetic reaction to the city's eclectic hot pot of peoples and culture, history and future. The guiding concept was not to overdesign but to offer guests a clean visual space to inspire contemplation and decompression. A sanctuary in what is otherwise the most densely populated and hyperactive neighborhood in the city. For the guestrooms Sean constructed an atmosphere utilizing a limited palette of tones and materials intermittently punctuated with splashes of hot color. He also chose materials with minimal processing, such as the exposed raw concrete and unpainted finishes of wood. On the ceiling, t-shirts become frescos and on the tables water jugs become centerpieces – materials not otherwise considered luxury-worthy but elevated “through substitution.” In this way Sean allows the building and the materials to tell their own story, giving the space an intimacy that interacts with the guest.
Since opening the media response has been nothing short of phenomenal. We expect the hotel to be fully operational for the summer. Here's some of the reaction so far:
• Tablet Hotels named it as one of their Top Boutique Hotels in Los Angeles
• Condé Nast put The Line on its Hot List of 2014
• The Independent chose The Line as one of The Big Six: Los Angeles's Hotels
• Jetsetter.com gives the hotel the Jetsetter Approved rating
• Hospitality Design magazine says Sean has a wonderful sense of LA... and we especially love how he brought the urban garden into the hotel.
• The Wall Street Journal says The Line has become a see-and-be-seen spot....
• Yatzer.com said: … an oasis of raw luxury and design... The Line's sense of understated luxury and sudden and charming splendor have definitely placed it on the map.
• Designaddicts.com.au described it as… innovative… fresh... brave and uber cool.
• Hotel Chatter (hotelchatter.com) said they... instantly fell in love.
• The OC Register said... The Line brilliantly romanticizes the neighborhood’s decidedly counter-culture appeal and makes a pretty good case for (re)discovering the “real” Los Angeles.
• Style Map (style.com) said... I have finally come across [a hotel] I love inside and out.
• Freshhome.com said, The Line Hotel reinvents the idea of comfortable lodging...