Anouska Hempel

There are celebrated designers, and then there’s Anouska Hempel, Lady Weinberg, the fiendishly talented designer-hotelier-restaurateur who is head of Anouska Hempel Design. Antipodean born and now based in London, her work has an unrivalled international reputation for excellence.

Anouska Hempel’s work is all encompassing, she designs the total-experience and this sets her above others. When dealing with a house she masters the landscape, the architecture, objects, accessories, even clothes and leaves behind a manual for its proper use. Her command of the living environment creates a theatrical world and sense of harmony over everyday life.

Where did this skill come? Anouska Hempel has no formal training, yet she has explored the world with a phenomenal visual memory and has a mind where anything is possible. Her first hotel arrived on the world stage when she turned her hand from acting to interior design, opening Blakes Hotel in South Kensington. Blakes was one of the first luxury boutique hotels in the world and set her to become a pioneer in her field.

Fearlessly designing the ultra-minimalist Hempel in London, a classical Blakes in Amsterdam, and then the Warapuru in a tropical rainforest helped further her position as a luminary of the design world. These paved the way for designing Grosvenor House Apartments in London and the Pera Palace in Istanbul for the Jumeirah Group.

But not only hotels. The landscapes: seamlessly harmonising nature; the restaurants: creating new cuisine; the couture: designing dresses for royalty. Anouska Hempel’s chameleon-like qualities are apparent in the diversity of her designs, ranging from ultra-sleek minimalism to classical theatricality. Such duality might dilute other brands, but not hers. It is the total-experience unified by luxury and romance that sets her apart as a true creative.

In 1990 and again in 2002, Anouska Hempel was named one of Architectural Digest’s Top 100 Designers and Architects in the World. She is currently spearheading the concept design of the Duxton, Garcha Hotel’s next project in Singapore.