The Leathersellers’ Company has occupied this site continuously since 1543. Whilst earlier halls were located within St Helen’s Place, the new 7th hall has now returned to the site of its earliest historical location. The design showcases some of the best contemporary crafting in leather, joinery, glass, textiles and metalwork.
The interior includes the following public spaces: The Court Room sits 29 around a new table. The walls finished in American black walnut panelling alternate with vertical slotted timber reeds. The deep red curtains, white leather chairs, the colours of the carpet and the glint of the crystal cut chandeliers add life and ceremony to the room.
The Reception Room, a light, airy space, speaks to the future more than the past and features a clear and indigo drawn glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly.
The Stair Hall incorporates scagliola pilasters from the sixth hall; these are placed between raised panels of polished plaster in two tones to add to the apparent depth of the surface.
The Dining Hall can host 120 guests seated in three sprigs and has a clerestory with views to the church wall above. The walls are panelled in American black walnut, alternating in plain and reeded horizontal sections in a similar arrangement to the Court Room. The tapestry frieze, some 60 sqm was commissioned to create bold colour narrative and a sense of a further horizon.
The Company’s offices are at the eastern end in an intermediary floor, with the more domestic Livery spaces of the entrance lobby, cloakroom and library beneath. The commercial kitchen, staff facilities and archive rooms, critical to the smooth daily functioning of the Hall, are on the lower floors. The Project recently won a RIBA London Award (2017).
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