K WEST: MAKING A MUSIC LIBRARY

K West Music Library

K West Hotel & Spa, formerly the BBC Kensington House Recording Studios, is the ultimate 4-star contemporary boutique hotel in West London. From the early 70’s this ex BBC building housed a recording studio where the likes of David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Roxy Music and the Kinks all laid down tracks.

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K West Music Library

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The hotel not only has a musical history but the area has its own rich musical heritage. With music venues such as Hammersmith Apollo and Shepherd’s Bush Empire only a stone’s throw away from the cosmopolitan hotel. There is also a long impressive list of music artists who have stayed regularly with K West over the years.

Ultimate Library was asked to curate a bespoke collection for the K West library. The hotel, which draws from its popular and current music heritage, wanted its library to reflect its history and location. K West also wanted the books to complement the art commissioned specially for them. The hotel wanted us to create a collection which would allow guests to discover the 1970s-rock movement of Shepherd’s Bush and the modern music culture that still exists in the area. The bespoke collection was thus tailored to artists such as Amy Winehouse, David Bowie, Queen, The Who, Lauren Hill and Roxy Music.

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K West Music Library

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With this music heritage came a chance for unique style. The larger bookshelves were perfect to display glossy illustrated titles, which focused on the artists and bands like Pink Floyd and Amy Winehouse. The library was filled with a selection of modern books based on the artists, as well as books about music, contemporary reading titles and titles that spoke to a greater sense of place in London. The guests will have the opportunity to learn a bit more about the musicians, and the heritage of the site. The library at K West has become a place where guests can truly absorb the feel of the hotel.

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“Formerly our hotel was the BBC Kensington House Recording Studios, thus we wanted the books to reflect our strong sense of music heritage. We found that Ultimate Library combined an impressive knowledge of books with an eye for detail. They successfully mirrored the art we have at the hotel, as well as evoking the cosmopolitan vibe we pride ourselves on having at K West. The area they created is amazing, and it has really enhanced our guests’ overall experiences”

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Florian Broemel, General Manager of K West Hotel & Spa


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Written by Imogen Bovill