Doors for 55 St James’s Street
Designer: Sarah Kay
Client/Owner: Lothbury Investment Management Ltd
Maker/Manufacturer: TimbaTeq Bespoke Joinery
Wood Supplier: Whitmore’s Timber Limited
Veneer Specialists: Capital Crispin Veneers
Wood Species: German Oak, French Oak
Property developer Lothbury organised a competition to design two sets of doors for a prestigious new build at 55 St James’s Street in of Westminster. They wanted the doors to create ‘an unquestionable sense of arrival’ at the building. Inspiration came from the area’s rich history of gentlemen’s clubs, luxury craftsmanship and bespoke tailors. The largest of the two sets of doors, made from solid oak and 5mm thick oak veneer, are for the St James’s Street entrance. The design of the doors is clean with central double fins tapered and angled to the plane of the door. The fins run the full height of the doors resembling the lapels of a morning suit. Towards the base there is a bronze kick plate with a patina. The doors to the side entrance, which allow access to the residential flats at the top of the building, are similar but the lapel feature has been simplified.