Later this month, 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites & Residences, London will unveil its new Cinema Suite created by one of my favourite Indian fashion designers Sabyasachi Mukherjee. The suite is inspired most notably by 1940s and 1950s Hollywood as well as the Indian Cinema era of the 1950’s.
Guests will find reference to masters such as Ray, Francis Ford Coppola and Bergman in the imposing study, world cinema leaders like Majidi, Wong Kar-Wai and Almodovarin amongst the cultured kitsch of the living room and echoes of The Stepford Wives in the kitchen. They will sense the golden Hollywood era of Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe in one bedroom whilst the other draws on colonial inspiration and renowned Indian artists such as Guru Dutt and Merchant Ivory and Bimal Roy.The 1,832 square foot, two bedroom suite, with dining room, study, powder room and kitchen, has been designed in tribute to the history of film and takes inspiration from motion pictures across the globe. Aptly, the Cinema Suite will open just ahead of celebrations marking 100 years of Indian film in 1913.
Visitors will get a chance to marvel at breathtakingly rare Bollywood film prints, remarkable history books, vintage mirrors and a myriad of portraits and drawings. Each wall is a work of art in itself, with striking Nina Campbell wallpapers in burnt orange, black and red, laden with curios collected from over 32 different cultures. Sumptuous silk drapery meets magnificent oak flooring, while priceless antique furniture displays ornaments such as rare Chinese porcelain, Bhutanese frames and 1920s embroidered Indian lamps.
The 85 inch plasma cinema screen, with a 3D state of the art home theatre system, is one of the biggest private screens in any London hotel suite. It is assisted by a world class Steinway Lyngdorf cinema system – a fully immersive cinematic experience. The system has been preloaded with a repertoire of 300 international motion pictures, books and music, chosen by Sabyasachi himself to acknowledge that time is well spent amongst films, art and culture.
I find it a bit too ostentatious for my liking but then I don’t claim to be a movie buff at all. If a trip down Cinema lane if your cup of tea do visit. Rates at The Cinema Suite start at £5,100 per night. For reservations please call 020 7769 7766 or visit www.51-buckinghamgate.com