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Mathieu Lehanneur-designed ‘business playground’ room

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French designer Mathieu Lehanneur has unveiled a business room in a London hotel where guests can have a meeting in the room with a table designed like a poker table and unwind beneath a canopy with an image of trees projected onto its surface.

The room at the Pullman London St Pancras Hotel reflects the brand’s ‘work hard, play hard’ motto as well as its guests’ lifestyle. It combines performance and pleasure with a fresh take on the traditional aspects of a meeting: a meeting table designed like a poker table, a private area for informal conversations or breaks, and a cabinet of curiosities.

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The new features are designed to stimulate creativity and reinvent international hospitality codes, says the Pullamn hotel.

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The table is a key element in a small gathering like a board meeting. In this room, the central table is given an additional dimension. Mathieu Lehanneur has reinterpreted it as a poker table which notably features a leather edge. This table is designed to make people want to participate in the meeting, just as they would want to engage in a game, they want to take part, be a player and stay focused.

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With this table made of fiberglass, beige leather and Corian®, the meeting becomes a pleasurable experience, a game. This table is a symbol of the business meeting, but it includes ingenious features inspired by the world of games. It invites participants to lean into it and rest their elbows and hands on it.

Mathieu Lehanneur, said: “By bringing comfort and a certain suppleness to the table itself, I wanted to instill in each person the desire to participate and be at the heart of the debate, to go from passive to active, from spectator to participant.”

The ‘business playground’ room is to be rolled out across Pullman hotels starting in 2014.

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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December 5, 2013 | Design | View comments

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