Joined by interior designer Ash Chawla of Duke of Design www.dukeofdesign.co.uk , The London Journalist was invited to the unveiling of The Boathouse London www.boathouselondon.co.uk – an industrial style 60-foot widebeam barge turned boutique hotel on water - launched in partnership with MADE.COM.
A sanctuary of calm on the water, The Boathouse London steers the city's hotel scene in a brand new direction. Lovingly crafted by Britain’s premier boat builders and interiors designed by the talented Katie Hanton in partnership with MADE.COM, the 60-foot widebeam barge offers a contemporary, fashionable alternative to the traditional design of a canal boat, while boasting all the amenities of a luxury hotel.
We spoke to Ash Chawla of Duke of Design about what he thought about The Boathouse and how he too encorporates MADE.COM furniture within his luxury design projects to great effect.
Well we are here at the launch of The Boathouse, London! What are your initial thoughts?
I actually love the concept of a luxury boathouse. Growing up seeing the longboats moored in the canals of London, I always wondered how amazing it must be to live in them. The Boathouse, London is a personification of the old world charm, to stay in it, even for a few days, would no doubt satisfy some of my childhood fantasies.
Upon entering The Boathouse one is amazed at how big the space feels. Obviously at 60 ft long this is no small boat, but the designer has made the most of the space and light to prevent it from feeling claustrophobic with the skylights and windows completely flooding the interior with light. The reclaimed wooden wall cladding is reminiscent of the wooden ships of the previous century, and the combination of cast iron effect doors and windows, the stove heater and the victorian tiles further enhances its old world charm.
Saying that, the project is thoroughly modern. Like me in my interior design projects Katie Hanton has used MADE.COM furniture, fittings and accesories to create a modern but timeless feel.
Explore the surrounding area on the MADE.COM bikes provided by The Boathouse London, or stick to the water in its rowing boat. Guests can choose from a number of tailor-made experiences, from hiring your own boat driver to navigate the canals to enlisting the talents of a chef for an unforgettable dinner aboard.
In addition to its services as a boutique hotel on the water, The Boathouse London will play host to a wide range of events that include private film screenings, yoga brunches, and supper clubs. Permanently moored at Merchant Square in London’s first floating park near Little Venice, it promises to add flair to an already fashionable neighbourhood.
Ash, why is MADE.COM such a favourite of Duke of Design?
MADE.COM has become quite a recognisable brand, and our clients at Duke of Design are always pleased when we use MADE.COM products. In fact some clients actually request we use their furnishings before we even recommend them! A few years ago, you would be looking to pay more than double for furniture of this design and quality but MADE.COM has made it possible to achieve luxury on a more practical budget.
We use MADE.COM to furnish many of our projects. As an interior design firm, buying furniture and accessories from the same company helps us to easily maintain a clean and matching look and style for our clients. What is especially useful are the detailed descriptions you find online, as we are often searching for pieces based on specific colours and materials. For example, if I make a search for 'Brass' a plethora of suitable furnishings, accessories and more pop up saving me a lot of time that I would have spent sourcing products from multiple stores. It also helps that MADE.COM's website is super-fast, when you are working to tight time-frames there is nothing more off putting than a slow website.
In my opinion, MADE.COM furniture best suits classic contemporary interiors. A lot of their furniture, i.e sofas, cabinets, etc. is on legs which is great for smaller spaces as one is able to see more of the floor space making the area seem larger than it is. MADE.COM has been our go-to furniture for small central London apartments. Why? Simply because of the uniqueness and originality of the designs. Many furniture websites sell the same type of furniture, which only fosters a lack of appeal. Our clients love the quirky and trend-led pieces we get from MADE.COM
The Boathouse London starts from £320 a night
Floating Pocket Park,
Paddington, London W2 1JX
Special thanks to Ash Chawla
Duke of Design