Ian Haigh and his Central Design Studio have recently completed a stunning refurbishment on the historic Grade II listed building, the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel. The extensive renovation gave the building a new lease of life, revitalising the 155 guestrooms, reception, lobby and public areas, as well as the restaurant and bar – Keepers.
Known for his love of artisan producers and telling a story within his design, Ian has used Bristol’s well-known street art scene coupled with the historic Victorian architecture, as his main inspiration and narrative for the design. Working with the local gallery and the street art festival Upfest to curate artwork displayed throughout, the Bristol Grand hotel features over 500 pieces by local artists. Collaborating with emerging textile designers Kitty McCall and Midula Dey to develop unique upholstery fabrics, the building also features wallpaper prints by Elli Popp, and printed fabrics by Claire Gaudion and Jon Burgerman.
Furniture and lighting for the project has been bespoke designed by Ian and the Central Design Studio team, including a feature chandelier in reception with handmade glass panels by artisan Jo Downs.
Designer Ian Haigh established Central Design Studio in 2010 after 12 years of working for some of London’s best known design companies, including David Collins, United Designers, and Martin Brudnizki where he was a Director. Over the last five years, Central Design Studio has carved a reputation for designing relaxed and informal interiors. They, very purposefully, do not just have a ‘signature style’, but rather an underlying design philosophy often focussing more on how a space feels, not just how it looks.
Central Design Studio originated from the idea of being a small team at the centre of the design process. Working with artists, artisans, craftsmen, manufacturers and builders, they pride themselves on delivering personal and coherent projects.
Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel, Broad Street, BS1 2EL, Bristol, UK.
Photography by James Balston