Brintons were selected to supply carpets throughout the Victoria Palace Theatre as part of its grand reopening, celebrated by the UK premiere of the award-winning musical ‘Hamilton’. The £50m refurbishment features bespoke carpets from the expert manufacturer within various public spaces throughout the theatre.
Key facts at a glance:
-Project: the Victoria Palace Theatre, London
-Client: Aedas architecture practice
-Renovation start and completion dates: April 2016 – December 2017
-Brintons created bespoke carpets for the theatre’s auditoriums, foyers, salon, landings, lobbies, royal circle, basement rear stalls
-Brintons were commissioned by Aedas to produce approximately 5,700sqm of carpet for the Victoria Palace Theatre (Delfont Mckintosh Theatre Group)
-Brintons contributed to this project alongside design and architecture practice Aedas and Clare Ferraby Designs
-Jodie Hatton, Creative Designer, led the project for Brintons
-Brintons worked with award-winning interior designer Clare Ferraby to create bespoke carpets for the main public areas within the Victoria Palace Theatre. Brintons transformed the Grade II listed building by adapting Clare Ferraby’s hand painted designs into several repeat patterns.
-Brintons created several different patterns using the swirling design from the original paintings, maintaining cohesion between each carpet through the use of similar shapes and colours. The green colour scheme was used despite its historically unlucky association in the theatre, and features the theatre’s logo, which Brintons produced in carpet as a key motif.
-Clare Ferraby develops paintings that reflect the original architecture of a building. The challenge Brintons faced was to interpret the designs in a way that maintained their integrity and complemented the space. Jodie Hatton worked closely with Clare to ensure that they were accurately reproduced.
-Renowned architect Frank Matcham designed the theatre in 1911 and it was the last great variety house built in the West End. Whilst the contemporary designs contrast with the period the theatre was built in, the complexity of the patterns harmonise with the ornate décor of the interiors.
-The Victoria Palace Theatre is located in Victoria, City of Westminster, and is currently showing the award-winning musical ‘Hamilton’.
Comments from the team:
Clare Ferraby, interior designer says “Brintons have manufactured most of the carpets that I have designed for over 80 theatres, beginning with the Crucible in Sheffield in 1971.
My design consultancy, Clare Ferraby Designs, has been responsible for the restoration or reinvention of the interiors of all eight of Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s heritage listed theatres in London; Brintons have been involved in all of them.
I develop an appropriate series of carpet designs for the various public spaces in each different theatre, through painted images that reflect the particular characteristics of the space and its original architect.
After agreement with Cameron, the preferred options with my selected tuft choices are digitised by Brintons into various manufacturing solutions. The preferred options are then sampled, tuft colours are adjusted, and layouts are produced to suit the differing designs for the range of complex spaces, all before a decision is made to manufacture.
The Victoria Palace refurbishment was particularly successful as Brintons were able to fully understand my concept of creating the feel of Viennese Seccessionist Designthat was appropriate for a building originally opened in 1911”
Julian Middleton, Executive Director at Aedas comments “We have an established working rapport with Brintons Carpets, both in our own work and on projects with interior designer Clare Ferraby. Clare Ferraby has designed all the carpets for the Delfont Mackintosh Theatres portfolio – which have all been designed with Brintons. The creativity and specialist knowledge of the Brintons team was invaluable in this process”
Jodie Hatton, creative designer at Brintons says “Clare initially provided me with drawings of the patterns she wanted to use for the carpets and I took these and transformed them into carpet designs. From there we worked together to tweak the patterns and to choose colours. Clare had some great visions for the colours and we trialled some of the patterns in quite bright colourways, we weren’t constrained to traditional theatre carpet colours, which was exciting and experimental”
-Brintons is a world-leading supplier of premium quality custom-designed and stocked carpet to the residential and commercial sectors (hospitality, public spaces, marine, leisure and gaming).
-With over 230 years of heritage creating beautiful bespoke woven carpet for some of the world’s most prestigious buildings including royal palaces, historic houses and luxury hotels, Brintons is today the trusted partner of choice for designers looking for expert design input in addition to exceptional quality products.
-A global network of design studios and a unique pattern archive offer clients a powerful creative resource that inspires people to think differently about colour and pattern.
-Brintons’ team of leading designers works closely with client project teams to create designs that meet the needs of individual projects of every size, specification and level of design complexity – be they classic, traditional or contemporary in style.
-A regularly updated portfolio of designs created specifically for the commercial market by inspiring, trend-leading expert designers, including Timorous Beasties, Kelly Hoppen and Stacey Garcia offers designers, specifiers and architects an unusually wide collection of contemporary patterns and palette.
-In addition to their own designs, Brintons also offer stock collections of premium woven axminster and Wilton broadloom carpets, tiles and hand tufted rugs.
-Brintons offers a total project management service to its commercial clients.
-Axminster and Wilton carpets manufactured by Brintons contain a patented blend of 80% wool / 20% nylon, an innovation developed by Brintons and now considered the global standard of the industry.
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