The designer, architect and creative director of Lore Group, Jacu Strauss is the visionary behind renowned design-led hotels such as One Hundred Shoreditch, Sea Containers London on the banks of the Thames, Pulitzer Amsterdam, and the Riggs and Lyle hotels in Washington, DC. According to Jacu, his objective is always to achieve design that is right for its location rather than being on-trend so that the hotels he creates embody the characteristics and aesthetics of the community they serve. To achieve this, Jacu often relocates temporarily to fully understand the culture and core workings of a city.
To mark the start of London Design Festival 2023, One Hundred Shoreditch is opening its doors to The Calico Club members, hosting a private dinner and intimate panel discussion on the 19th September 2023. Jacu will be joined by Lucy Ward, brand director at Vinterior, and the designers Jan Hendzel and Philippe Malouin. Moderated by Davey Hunter-Jones, curator of The Calico Club by House & Garden, the evening will feature lively discussion on topics such as creating timeless interiors and mixing old and new, with the experts sharing insider tips that can be translated easily into your own home interiors.
The panel guests are respected as leading experts in their field of work. With such a diverse range of experience between Jacu, Lucy, Philippe, Jan and Davey, the evening is set to be rich with insightful discussions on all aspects of design.
The evening is kindly being sponsored by Hambledon Vineyard. Established in 1952, Hambledon Vineyard is a British, family-run winery and the oldest commercial vineyard in the UK. They grow their grapes in the Hampshire village of Hambledon, where finest chalk soil and cool climate make the most exceptional terroir for creating world-class sparkling wines.
Get to know the panel
Jacu is the creative director of Lore Group. Throughout his design process, he places emphasis on exploration and experimentation to showcase the beauty and characteristics of each project and its location, uncovering the stories that bring the local area to life.
Jacu and his team led the complete redesign of Dutch hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam and Lore Group’s US properties – Riggs Washington, DC, which opened in February 2020, and Lyle, which followed in April 2021. Most recently, the team have overseen the redesign and launch of One Hundred Shoreditch. Jacu and his team create bespoke furniture, fixtures and equipment for each project.
As senior designer at Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio, Jacu designed Sea Containers London. He has since reimagined various spaces in the South Bank hotel – including the award-winning Lyaness bar – as Lore Group’s creative director.
Lucy is the current brand director of Vinterior and was previously creative brand director of Trouva. Since graduating from the University of Cambridge, Lucy has worked with some of retail’s most successful marketing and communications departments, perfecting her trend-forecasting abilities across multiple industries.
Philippe is a London-based Canadian designer with a diverse portfolio of products – from tables, rugs, chairs and lights, to art objects and installations. He has a bachelor’s degree in design from Design Academy Eindhoven and studied at L’École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris and the University of Montreal.
Among the brands Philippe has worked with are SCP, Marsotto Edizioni, Resident, OTHR, Hem, Ace Hotel group, Matter Made, Established & Sons, Roll & Hill, 1882, Kvadrat, Umbra Shift, Caesarstone, Izé, Swarovski, Bloomberg and Aesop. After working for Tom Dixon, he set up his own studio in 2008. He received Wallpaper* magazine’s Designer of the Year award in 2018 and is now represented by Salon 94 gallery in New York.
Jan’s career began at the age 15, when he became a pattern-maker’s apprentice, creating complex moulds to metal-cast bespoke tools for the automotive and aircraft industries. This required incredible accuracy by hand and gave him a firm foundation in understanding the properties of materials.
In 2006, he started a course in product design at Central Saint Martins and, while studying, he worked with a cabinet maker. He went on to co-found Hendzel & Hunt, a furniture workshop in south London, and started creating original commissioned pieces for high-profile residential and commercial projects. Six years later – needing a bigger workshop and more time to explore ideas and design his own products – he founded Jan Hendzel Studio.
Jan now has a team of designer-makers and a fully equipped workshop with CNC capability. He has designed several product collections and has exhibited at DesignJunction, Masterpiece London, Sims Reed Gallery and Saatchi Gallery. He has worked on many large commercial projects, including Victory House hotel in 2017, Japan House in 2018 and Wilder restaurant in 2019.
Davey is the curator of The Calico Club, House & Garden’s events membership programme. After studying fashion design and gaining valuable experience in various luxury fashion houses, he pivoted into the interiors world, working with a series of high-profile design companies before joining House & Garden in 2018.
Davey now curates The Calico Club’s events calendar, which includes thoughtful, insightful and exclusive events for its members. When not working, Davey loves learning new skills and developing his knowledge of the creative arts. He has recently renovated his own home from scratch – creating everything from tiles to plaster coving and doors.
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