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The Sanderson Hotel was constructed on Berners Street, London during 1958 as the new headquarters and showroom for Arthur Sanderson and Sons, manufacturers of wallpaper, fabrics and paint for its centennial. It was designed by architect Jeff Holroyd, of the architectural firm, Slater and Uren. The original design allowed for dynamic room configurations. The building plan was fabricated around an open-to-the-sky inner courtyard with a Japanese garden designed by Philip Hicks. In 1991, the Sanderson building was listed Grade II* by the government’s English Heritage Commission. It was reopened on April 25, 2000 by Morgans Hotel Group after refurbishment by Philippe Starck and Denton Corker Marshall.
The hotel occupies the site of 54 Berners Street, known for the Berners Street Hoax of 1809.
The original building was constructed with a steel and glass frontage reflecting architecture of the 1960s that is seen in the opening footage of the 'Danger Man' television series. Its Courtyard garden was situated on top of an underground car park and fronted the wholesale trade sales area to the right. The retail areas were to the left and centre. The courtyard was designed by landscape architect Philip Hicks in the late 1950s. The private courtyard garden was classified as a landmark “Heritage Garden.”
Originally the main entrance featured both lifts/elevators and a grand staircase which ascended against a huge stained glass mural masking the lift shafts. The first floor was devoted to wallpaper displays and its lengthy retail counter allowed for conversion to a long bar. The second floor was reserved for fabric displays, while the third floor held management offices and an interior design studio.
Suka, opened in April 2007 with redesign by designer India Mahdavi, is a restaurant that offers Malaysian and European cuisine.
In the summer of 2009, The Sanderson's courtyard hosted live sessions every week, called 'Sanderson Predicts'; featuring the newest UK artists, the gigs saw both Marina & The Diamonds and Little Boots perform before they were big stars.
- Official website
- Sanderson review, photos, history and design by cosmopolis.ch
- Opening "Danger Man Opening". YouTube. 2009-11-18. Retrieved 2012-05-26. and closing "Danger Man Closing". YouTube. 2009-11-25. Retrieved 2012-05-26. scenes of the original Sanderson showrooms as seen in the credits of the 'Danger Man' television series.