June 16, 2021
Frank & Faber – The Forge at Number One Bruton opens its medieval doors to guests
The old blacksmith’s Forge forms part of the acclaimed boutique hotel No 1 Bruton, which occupies a Georgian town house and a string of country cottages in the arty village in Somerset, surrounded by verdant countryside.
A forge since the 12th century, the interior of the four additional bedrooms and bathroom suites, are quirky, charming and packed full of history. The architecture has been sympathetically restored and the interiors nod to the building’s heritage whilst remaining in-keeping with the aesthetic established in the existing hotel.
Features of all four bedroom suites include exposed wooden rafters, timber clad walls and stone walls. Blue Lias floors can be found downstairs, with timber floors in the bedrooms upstairs and colourful encaustic tiles – in greens, blues, pinks and yellows – in the bathrooms.
Frank & Faber have used bronze lighting, freestanding baths with brass taps, soft cottons with ticking stripes and forged ironmongery to add subtle ornamentation.
Talking about the interiors, founder and creative director Sarah Ellison at Frank and Faber said; “We have kept the rustic bones of the building but introduced the warmth and bold eclecticism, which the highly acclaimed main hotel has become famous for. By layering textures and natural materials with bold accents in tiles, fabrics and soft furnishings, we have created a warm and welcoming space. We want guests to feel like they have just escaped to their best friend’s home in the country for the weekend.”
Over a two-year period, Frank and Faber have designed all the highly acclaimed interiors for Number One Bruton, including the main house and cottages, and now the Forge. The design studio are also responsible for the Michelin starred onsite farm to table restaurant Osip, with chef Merlin Labron Johnson at the helm. All interiors have been celebrated for their dedication to craft heritage, artistry and culture.
The London based firm are much in demand and are currently working on an impressive portfolio including a Georgian estate in Essex, a large, high-spec newbuild in Hampstead Garden Suburbs, as well as residential projects in Hackney, Highbury and Kensington. As well as No. 1 Bruton, other commercial projects include the celebrity hairdresser George Northwood’s salons, a firm favourite with Alexa Chung and Meghan Markle.
Ellison’s bespoke approach is led by the individuality of her impressive roster of clients – many of whom are high profile entrepreneurs, and to date rather interestingly, all have founded their own businesses across the music, arts and financial sectors.
Frank and Faber are dedicated to the authentic use of the world’s finest materials, often in a rich earthy palette, with added interest and fascination through texture and layering. Ellison encourages her clients to make bold, daring choices in terms of palette, pattern and patina, personally handpicking a carefully selected treasure trove of modern and antique items to complement her schemes.
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