1508 London is at the cutting edge of the world’s design studios, a collective proud to take on the most challenging of briefs. Having won important Rosewood and Four Seasons hotel commissions during the pandemic, the 80-strong team of interior designers and architects in London and Dubai is going from strength to strength. In the 12 years since it was founded, 1508 London has already left its distinctive mark in many cities of the world and its ability to design residential projects, multi-unit developments, clubs and hotels is now attracting the hottest names in property.
This year the Mandarin Oriental Residences will become the first new-build in Beverly Hills’s revered Golden Triangle for nearly 40 years, representing a departure from the traditional preference of Los Angeles’s elite for living in the Hollywood Hills. ‘The lessons absorbed from our private residential designs about how the world’s elite live their lives filter up the creative ladder to influence every project,’ says Hamish Brown, partner, ‘but it works the other way round, too.’
These values have made 1508 London the go-to designer for branded residences. Two such schemes are those for Park Hyatt Residences at Nine Elms in London and for The OWO Residences by Raffles at the Old War Office, Whitehall, the hotel group’s first property in Europe. This Edwardian neo-Classical building is being recast as 88 residences in the most sophisticated modern idiom.
1508 London is confident it can prosper in the post-Covid world. ‘With health the new wealth and our commitment to sustainability, our portfolio is taking advantage of the importance we place on redefining luxury, whether it’s a modest apartment, a superyacht or a supercar showroom,’ explains Stuart Horwood, CEO and partner.
Residential schemes remain the studio’s pedigree: among recent projects are superlative houses in London’s Chelsea Barracks and No.1 Grosvenor Square and further afield in New York and Barbados. The studio transformed a six-storey house in Holland Park’s Ilchester Place into a £35 million property. In Hampstead, it converted a Grade II-listed former school into a sensational home with a design that incorporates work, play and family living space in a single scheme. The result is one of north London’s most sought-after properties, and an enduring influence on the studio’s residential design.
With its growing reputation, 1508 London is inevitably briefed as the best-in-class designer. At the newly opened The Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge, a sympathetic design, which is destined to be a modern classic, has distilled the grandeur of Jumeirah’s Burj Al Arab into a quintessentially vernacular London setting. Meanwhile, in Qatar, the studio has been commissioned to design Rosewood’s prestigious Doha flagship hotel, spa and residences, an immense project.
If 1508 London’s future looks bright, it is because its designers and architects relish a challenge. Indeed, the essence of design is the challenge of providing elegant, workable solutions to a client’s brief, no matter how complex. This is 1508 London in a nutshell.