Thompson Chicago Completed 2013 Thompson Chicago is a landmark Chicago hotel located in the centre of the Gold Coast. Tara Bernerd & Partners was responsible for the full interior architecture and design of the 246 bedrooms and public areas, including two bars and the restaurant, Nico Osteria, run by renowned Chicago restaurateurs One Off Hospitality. Replacing the original porte-cochère entrance, Bernerd and her team substituted a glazed façade, to increase the floor space of the building considerably and allow an optimal reconfiguration of the layout. The further design scheme for the hotel sets a warm, seductive ambience, paying homage to its urban location. Raw components such as exposed brick, iron framework and timber beams were balanced out with rich, smoky velvets, fantastic grey flannels and soft leathers to create an overall sensation of understated luxury.
Il Pampero Completed 2017 Having created the original restaurant at The Hari London, Tara Bernerd & Partners was invited to revisit and reimagine the design for Il Pampero to coincide with the hotel’s rebrand. Marrying Italian hospitality with the Belgravian lifestyle, Bernerd and her team created a bespoke design scheme that embraces informal luxury. Bold Vespa-green lacquers and rich velvets combine with soft leathers and heritage fabrics to create a warm and inviting vibe. While circular booths are set against the back and side walls, the focal point is the striking central bar where diners can embrace the Italian tradition of Aperitivo.
Apartment on the Thames Completed 2013 Tara Bernerd & Partners was responsible for the interior architecture and bespoke interior design for this unique 2,000 square foot luxury apartment situated on the Thames, London. Located in a landmark Foster & Partners building, the flat boasts unparalleled views of the river and Chelsea Embankment. Whilst embracing open-plan living, the apartment is carefully zoned to include cosy, more seductive areas that inject a feeling of intimacy. A feature bookshelf-come-fireplace was instated in the main living space to create an inviting area to sit, read and enjoy the view without detracting from the overall feeling of light and space.
Nico Osteria Completed 2013 Tara Bernerd & Partners was responsible for the full interior architecture and design for Nico Osteria at Thompson Chicago. Leading the design for the restaurant, bar and private dining, Bernerd and her team created a go-to destination for guests and locals alike in the heart of the Windy City. Operated by leading Chicago Restaurateur, One Off Hospitality, elements such as exposed brickwork, rich leathers and seductive lighting pays homage to its urban location with a rough luxury aesthetic.
Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown Completing 2020 In addition to their work in Fort Lauderdale and London, Tara Bernerd & Partners’ was once again appointed by Four Seasons to reimagine the Empire Suite at their downtown New York property. To revitalise the 2,400 sqft suite, Bernerd added warmth and personality by introducing new palettes made up of bold colours and layered textures. Adding new furniture pieces and art has injected a sense of emotion into the space giving it a more residential, inviting feel.
UPSTAIRZ at Zentis Osaka Completed2020 Situated over the entire second floor of Zentis Osaka, UPSTAIRZ is an all-day dining destination, that encompasses a main dining room with open kitchen, a private dining room, a lounge for light refreshments and afternoon tea, a covered outdoor terrace, and a bar serving everything from seasonal cocktails to fine Japanese whiskies. Tara Bernerd & Partners enjoyed working closely with the restaurateurs to hone the layout and design to suit their particular needs and food offering.
Sa Torre Completed 2009 Sa Torre is a 15,000 square foot villa in the heart of Mallorca with spectacular sea views. Tara Bernerd & Partners was involved with the luxury residential project from the outset. From selecting the prime plot of land through to development, construction and final delivery, Bernerd and the team provided the clients with complete creative direction. Knowing the island well, Bernerd was thoroughly versed in the vernacular building style and thus able to reference it elegantly. The use of local materials, including sandstone blocks from the nearby quarry in Santanyi, contributed to creating a building that settled naturally into the environment. Substantial windows on all three sides of the main living area were designed to eliminate any boundaries between the outside and inside spaces, providing uninterrupted views beyond.
Creative Direction and Interior Design
Internationally renowned designer Tara Bernerd is the founder of the interior architectural practice, Tara Bernerd & Partners. Based in London’s Belgravia, the practice works on a global platform and prides itself on its intelligent approach to interior space-planning and design.
Though each project is unique, Tara Bernerd & Partners’ handsome signature style is one of approachable luxury with an industrial edge and each space possesses a masculine, and ultimately timeless, elegance.
Bernerd and her team strive to create a feeling of authenticity within each property by establishing a distinct design DNA that is true to both the location and the people who will make it their home. Whether in a hotel lobby, a restaurant, or a private residence, the team seek to create meaning and connection through a distinct sense of place.
Tara Bernerd and Partners’ projects span the globe, with properties in New York, Miami, LA, London, Hong Kong and beyond. Key clients include Four Seasons, Fort Capital, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Belmond, Starwood Capital, Thompson Hotels, SIXTY Hotels, Palace Hotels and the Berkeley Group.