DVF’s London Calling

London’s famed five-star hotel, Claridge’s, just got a little more fabulous. The hotel recently unveiled twenty guestrooms and suites designed by none other than Diane von Furstenberg. A regular of the iconic hotel, DVF was an obvious choice to bring her signature style to what she calls “the most glamorous hotel in the world.”

“Hotels like this don’t exist anymore and the legacy must be respected!” von Furstenberg said in a press release. “It is very important to keep the original architecture and the formality of the layout of the rooms in order to preserve the old style of grand hotel life that I love so much. It has been a true privilege to design new furniture, fabrics and rugs to keep it relevant for today’s needs and taste.”

The suites, designed in collaboration with von Furstenberg’s longtime friend and interior decorator, Oliver Gelbsmann, will feature beautiful contemporary prints, bold Chinese florals, and the designer’s own signature spin on animal patterns. Each room also boasts a custom-designed cashmere blanket in color palettes inspired by von Furstenberg’s travels, plus furniture handmade by British craftsmen and Murano glass light fixtures. Even more exciting, the walls are adorned with photos taken by von Furstenberg from her travels throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. So if you are headed across the pond any time soon, be sure to see to the delicious DVF suites and take in the historical beauty of Claridge’s.

And, if you want to enjoy the lavish rooms a little closer to home, Diane von Furstenberg’s exclusive textile collection featuring wall coverings and upholstery will be launched in September 2010.

SMT