Q4 2021

9 Q4 2021 BUILD Sep21970 Raising the Bar As Nielsen House - our 2021 Best For Bespoke Interior Design North West of England title holder - celebrates almost three decades of delivering impressive design schemes, we take a close-up look at one of their client projects and the importance to their team of taking a collaborative approach. ucked away in the Cumbrian village of Staveley surrounded by the Lake District landscape, Nielsen House draws upon the majestic beauty of this breathtaking national park as inspiration for their work. With a nod also to founder Sarah’s Scandinavian roots, there’s the northern hemisphere natural colour palette, and the inclusion of interesting indigenous materials and layers of texture to create comfort and impact - all distinctive features of the Nielsen House signature style. Add in also extensive in-house design experience from places as diverse as the Middle East, Russia and Africa along with the studio’s vast library of suppliers sourced over many years from across the world, and this fusion of influences makes for exciting design solutions that see clients – both private and commercial - returning time and again for repeat commissions. One long-standing client is the Gilpin, a luxury hotel nestling in the countryside close to Lake Windermere. Sarah, and more recently the Nielsen House team, have worked with the Cunliffes, the Gilpin’s owners, for more than 25 years. At the heart of every brief has been a focus on creating memorable guest experiences - and with Nielsen House working alongside the family and the project architects, the hotel’s interiors have always been an integral part of the story. Its latest Spa Suites project has been the partnership’s most ambitious yet, with five 100 square metre timber lodges cantilevered over a giant pond. Internally, the designers have taken a biophilic approach, fusing boundaries to bring the outdoors in and connect with nature not only visually, but also non-visually. Throughout, there’s tactile texture with natural materials such as bamboo, cork, silver birch bark and stone, whilst planting, native greenery and large-scale fern images reflect the great Lakes outdoors. Creative use of lighting and sound enhance the suites’ appeal, with the therapeutic trickle of a water feature flowing down each living wall into the stream below adding to the guests’ overall sensorial experience. The end result is exceptional. Lauded for ‘raising the bar on luxury spa suites’, the Gilpin scheme, completed only recently, has already been named Best Hotel Suite Europe 2021 at an International Hotel and Property Awards event; an accolade they themselves attribute in part to the close relationships they enjoy with the Cunliffe family, the project architect and other spa suite partners and suppliers. This alliance and spirit of co-operation, they say, is one of the secrets to the scheme’s success. But this inter-disciplinarily approach is not unique to their Gilpin projects. Whilst Nielsen House design wonderful interiors T across a range of property types and styles and for a broad spectrum of clients, their most effective and outstanding creations are often the result of early-stage collaboration with architects, contractors and other consultants. Either instructed directly by the client at the outset or from the architects themselves, the team’s involvement from project inception helps to influence a property’s design and layout from an interiors perspective. With Nielsen House focusing on the interiors details, architect’s plans can accommodate their innovative designs and materials. This includes collaboration in areas such as the positioning of walls, windows, and lighting to create an inspirational ‘flow’ through a property. Project managing the design delivery, procurement and installation alongside appointed contractors also ensures budgets and timings are controlled and delivered. By understanding the client’s ideas, vision, and aspirations, along with their lifestyles, socialising and how each area of the property will be enjoyed, the design team, architect and contractors can jointly deliver a home that exceeds even the most discerning client’s expectations. Contact: Steve Howard Email: [email protected] Web Address: https://www.nielsenhouse.co.uk/