The Terrace Garden Restaurant at Rosewood London 

Designed by Luciano Giubbilei with furniture designed by Giubbilei&deLeval and made by Benchmark

  • Rosewood Sketch
  • Luciano & Nathalie
  • Chair in progress
  • Littons
  • Loveseat
  • Love Bench
  • Planter

Benchmark has been commissioned to create bespoke garden furniture for Rosewood London’s new drinking and dining destination, The Terrace, which has been transformed into an intimate garden setting by award-winning landscape designer Luciano Giubbilei. 
Entering through the Edwardian façade of the building, guests will find themselves in a quintessential British garden setting, and a refuge from the busy city. Classically pruned London Plane trees, within vast decorative metal planters, grow through an elegant metal pergola, also made by Benchmark, which has motorised blinds to provide shelter during poor weather and when the leaves of the trees have fallen.
All the furniture has been developed by Luciano Giubbilei together with acclaimed furniture designer Nathalie de Leval as part of their new venture, Giubbilei&deLeval. Surrounded by seasonal flowering shrubs in bespoke woven willow planters, a continuous wooden slatted bench with supporting back and in-built heating is fitted with quilted blanket cushions to provide luxurious comfort. Giubbilei&deLeval has taken reference from the architectural detail within the hotel for the design of the Love Seats and Dining Chairs which have deeply padded upholstered seats. Made in natural untreated oak, the pieces will weather and grow more characterful with age. Round tables in green marble further add texture and a sense of permanence to the space.
The Terrace will serve as an extension of Holborn Dining Room, run by celebrated London restaurateur Des McDonald, formerly Managing Director of Caprice Holdings.  Food and drink is inspired by the British seasons, from fresh oysters and shrimps over ice and slow roast suckling pig accompanied by wood-oven baked flatbreads in the summer to game and spit roasts as we enter the winter season.

Editor’s notes
About Luciano Giubbilei
Luciano Giubbilei was born in Siena, Italy, and came to London in 1994 to study at the Inchbald School of Design before establishing his own garden design practice in 1997. Luciano won the British Association of Landscape Industries Principal Award for Best Domestic Garden Scheme in the UK in 2001 and 2006, and has since won twelve other industry awards, including Gold Medals at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower show in 2009 and 2011, for the Laurent-Perrier Garden.
At the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show, Luciano created his third garden for Laurent-Perrier and was awarded his third Gold medal and the event's most prestigious accolade, the Best in Show award. The garden explored the themes of light, form and texture. Today, Luciano Giubbilei is known for the understated elegance and timelessness of the gardens he creates. The focus is on the arrangement of the space, the harmony of proportion, and a unique aesthetic that combines plants, materials, light, space and art. While appearing simple at first glance, each garden is subtly complex and crafted with many layers.
About Giubbilei&deLeval 
Giubbilei&deLeval was formed two years ago after mutual friend Sir Paul Smith introduced garden designer Luciano Giubbilei and furniture designer and maker Nathalie de Leval. Born of a vision for garden furniture as an integral part of a garden design, it is dedicated to crafting beautiful, timeless outdoor furniture and accessories in which every element is as considered as the gardens for which they are made. A conscious decision to move away from mass production and to maintain and invest in skilled labour, each piece builds on the principles of simplicity, clarity, proportion, materiality and craft, and all are made in FSC-certified timber in a British workshop to the highest standards. 020 7622 2616
About Nathalie de Leval
Nathalie de Leval is an independent furniture designer and maker, whose work ranges from bespoke commissions and products, to design of furniture for production. Originally a sculptor, she studied cabinet making in order to improve her making skills, which lead her to an MA at the Royal College of Art in furniture design, and from there to a series of furniture and interior projects including the London shops Browns in South Molton Street, Griffin in Portobello Road and the Royal Court Theatre. In 2014 she was invited by Sir Paul Smith to collaborate on the ‘The Wish List’, a project with American Hardwood Export Council and Benchmark, as part of the London Design Festival. The result, Paul’s Shed, quickly became something of a celebrity in its own right.

About Benchmark
Benchmark are furniture makers who are widely regarded as the UK’s powerhouse of craft, with an unrivalled depth of knowledge of wood. The company has a 70 strong team in over 40,000 sq ft of workshops for timber milling, carpentry, veneering, spray shops, metalworking, and in-house upholstery, as well as design studio. The company makes its own furniture range and works extensively with hotels, restaurants, public buildings, shops, offices and private residences. Recent projects include The Store x Soho House Berlin; The Great Northern Hotel; London Library; and ACE hotel Shoreditch. @MadebyBenchmark
About Holborn Dining Room
Previously the East Banking Hall of Pearl Assurance, Holborn Dining Room and Delicatessen have been designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio and reflect the cuisine’s traditional British style, whilst complimenting the historic features of the building. With impressive chandeliers, reclaimed oak furnishings, antique mirrors and opulent red leather upholstery with tweed fabric detailing, the 160 cover restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere, coupled with sophistication and glamour.
About Rosewood London
Rosewood London, centrally located in the heart of London on High Holborn and housed in the original headquarters of the Pearl Assurance Company, showcases a sensitive renovation of the 1914 Edwardian, Grade II-listed building. Combining English heritage with contemporary sophistication, the retained Belle Époque architectural features include the original carriageway entrance to the grand courtyard and a spectacular Pavonazzo marble staircase, which rises over seven storeys.  The hotel has the feel of a stylish London residence and houses 262 guestrooms and 44 suites including the Grand Manor House Wing, an exclusive six-bedroom suite with its very own postcode.  Tony Chi and Associates created the interiors of the public areas including 12 event spaces and the Mirror Room, serving elegant, innovative cuisine and afternoon tea.  The Martin Brudnizki-designed Holborn Dining Room offers British classics with a twist whilst Scarfes Bar serves creative cocktails and curries alongside live jazz, cabaret and musical comedy.  Hotel of the Year, London 2014/2015 – AA Hospitality Awards, Best New Hotel in the World 2014 - Telegraph Ultratravel, Opening of the Year 2014 - European Hospitality Awards.

For more information on Benchmark contact Jess Tully:
+44(0)7973 630 421
For more information about Luciano Giubbilei, contact Natasha Goodfellow:
+44 (0) 20 7622 2616
For more information about Nathalie de Leval:
+44(0)20 7263 9695
For more information about Rosewood London, contact Stephanie de Vos:
+44 20 3747 8702