Lema has designed the bespoke furniture for the 193 rooms, of which 10 suites, of the brand new The Dixon, a new hotel inaugurated on the 11th of June in one of London’s most cultural postcodes. Located in Tooley Street, The Dixon enjoys a strategic location a few steps away from Tower Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern and the new Bridge Theatre.
With this in mind, The Dixon seeks to become a new reference point not only for hotel guests but also for the local community, attracting creatives and tourists alike who are looking to explore the story of this area. The hotel’s art is curated to inspire, with each artwork on display chosen to reflect the legacy of this part of London. Part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, which encases 160 independent hotels characterised by strong history and personality, The Dixon is named after John Dixon Butler, famous and mysterious architect from the 19th century, who in 1905 designed this Edwardian masterpiece which was originally the Tower Bridge Magistrates’ Court.
The building, which previously housed a police quarter, courtrooms and prison cells, is Grade listed. Dominvs Group, a hotel, real estate and private equity family owned business acquired it in 2014.
The whole building has been fully restored, conserving key details and highlighting its Edwardian heritage, such as the large windows and the façade, which are original features. The rooms and communal areas are rich with details and artworks inspired by the history of SE1: the old prison cells keys have been restored and are on display, the benches inscribed by the prisoners awaiting their verdict have been positioned in the lifts whilst the original handcuffs have been inserted in the awe-inspiring chandelier that dominates the main staircase. The architects responsible for the project were Consarc Design Group whilst Rani Ahluwalia, creative director of M Studio London and twenty2degrees have created the refined interior design infusing the classic building with modern and eclectic touches. Lema was responsible for the design, creation and installation of all the wardrobes, boiserie, beds, TV units, room minibars, doors and bathroom furnishings, working in close contact with the developer and twenty2degrees in all phases of the development.
This hotel presented a new and intense challenge for Lema’s UK Contract Division, who today is one of the first Italian companies in terms of volume for residential and hospitality contract in London, and who recently also furnished the rooms of the brand new five-star Great Scotland Yard hotel. With a profound know-how and a wealth of experience Lema’s Contract team is divided in two hubs: the headquarter in Giussano, Italy and Lema UK in the heart of Chelsea, London.
Established in 1970, today Lema is a leading international interpreter of Italian style. Run by the Meroni family, the company’s strong tradition goes back to the early post-war years. Composed of the home and contract division and the International Office Concept department, Lema was the first Italian company to develop a load-bearing panel system in a variety of finishes and the made-to-measure Armadio al Centimetro programme, two products that are the hallmark of the company’s attention to the needs of its clients. Today, the company’s dedication translates into an extremely vast and complete catalogue that sweeps from modular systems for the day and night areas, right the way through to free-standing furniture (tables, bed, chairs and accessories), as well as the recent collection of upholstered furniture. Products with a sophisticated appeal, in an ample array of tailormade solutions that respond to a wide variety of different tastes and functional requirements. In fact, what distinguishes Lema the most on the international design scene is its enormous ability to develop custom-made solutions, which has led to the company working with acclaimed architects and designers on important contract projects all over the world.