Drift was a site specific installation for the rotunda of the Great Eastern Hotel, London. On visiting the hotel I was overwhelmed by the intense masculinity of the environment, which was cold, clinical and corporate. I had hoped to see many original Victorian features; however these had been largely obliterated by contemporary architecture and design.




I felt compelled to reintroduce the feminine, the decorative and nature into the interior. I worked with Cole & Son to produce white flocked wallpaper in 12 background colours, which were installed on the first floor balcony. The colours graduated from cool pastels through to deep blues and purples then onto hot reds and oranges. This colour scheme was echoed in painted rings on the upper balconies. The garden design and writing of Gertrude Jekyll were integral to the installation. The floral design of the wallpaper echoed the common plants favoured by Jekyll and the graduation of colour replicated the drifts of colour used in her planting schemes.




Drift was commissioned by Commissions East.