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Architect had greater impact on Zetter style


The choice of image used to illustrate the role of the interior stylist at the Zetter Hotel is surprising ('What's my line?', AJ 20.1.05), given that the digitally printed laminate to the bedroom door fills such a small proportion of the photo frame.

While Precious McBane selected colours for finishes, and provided the loose furnishing and fittings that have resulted in beautifully styled spaces, the article does a major disservice to the team at Chetwood Associates. The architect has provided the client with a naturally lit hotel that employs clever spatial planning, fire engineering and a holistic environmental strategy to not only create the contrasting public spaces, but also generate additional guest rooms.

The engagement of an interior stylist has undoubtedly influenced the finished building - however, a re-reading of the Interiors article in AJ 27.5.04 would give a more balanced view (and provide a better illustration of Precious McBane's work).

Steve Burr, director, Black Architecture (formerly project architect on the Zetter Hotel)

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