Monday, 5 April 2010
Oliver Messel Suite at the Dorchester
In 1953, Oliver Messel, the grandson of Marion Sambourne and Edward Linley of 18 Stafford Terrace, was commissioned to design the interior of a suite in the Dorchester Hotel in London. It is said that the condition was that 'he would be happy to live in it himself.' True to his family's decor sensibility the suite is described to have a 'considerable dose of fantasy' and is today preserved as part of Britain's national heritage. It was restored in the 1980's by many of the original craftsmen and the restoration works were overseen by Oliver Messel's favorite nephew, Lord Snowdon. The suite is said to be and have been Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson's favourite place to stay in London.