I’m a huge fan of art and collect quite a bit of it so when I was invited to the unveiling of Paul Kenton’s 360° panoramic artwork at The Park Tower Knightsbridge I was all in. It was only the day before the event I realised it was being held in a penthouse suite with floor to ceiling windows and views over night-time London, so then I was doubly in.
The pieces at the launch were of London’s skyline and the Lowndes Penthouse Suite was the perfect setting for the unveiling as it was one of the suites Paul actually painted in. The artist spent the evening mingling with guests and talking about his art and although I collect street art which is very different I found Paul’s style and use of colour and shading completely beautiful and evidence of his huge talent. His take on a fairly done concept had a classier and more gentle edge to the usual skyline art you see and I loved the delicate cursive writing saying what the buildings and areas were.
As Paul is a British artist and painted British scenes in a British hotel the canapés were of course… British. And absolutely delicious. Due to horrible Dry January I was drinking orange juice rather than the sparkling stuff but made up for it by having round after round after round of gorgeous treats.
The penthouse suite in question is on the 17th floor and comprises of two bedrooms, a walk in wardrobe, a lounge and dining area, a personal butler and the best bathroom I’ve ever seen in my life – steam room, double bath, his and her sinks, massive shower, exercise bike and floor to ceiling windows with views over Knightsbridge and London. As regular readers will know I’m not a fan of any kind of window or lack of privacy when it comes to bathrooms but this bathroom was really spectacular and made more so by of the views and huge space it occupied. Obviously though if I was ever to use it the curtains would be 100% shut.
I love the idea and collaboration between The Park Tower and Paul Kenton and the way everything on the evening had a purpose and reason – the room the event was held in, the choice of subject, the British canapés and the artist. And to top it all off Paul created five unique artworks from the hotel’s five penthouse suites and those who are lucky enough to stay in the suites have the opportunity to commission Paul to create their own personal piece of art. Now, excuse me while I work on getting myself into one of those suites…