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More than four decades after the American architect Warren Platner completed London’s Sea Containers House—which became the office of an international shipping company—the iconic building on the Thames riverfront will finally welcome Platner’s intended occupant: a luxury hotel. Honoring the site’s history, Tom Dixon’s lobby immediately conjures a sense of place, thanks to a mammoth copper hull that frames the reception desk. The designer’s trademark industrial aesthetic continues throughout with the use of textural materials like silver, wood and stone. Rooms draw inspiration from ships’ cabins but eschew nautical stripes and rope for more sophisticated decor like Dixon’s sculptural chairs and a custom-built headboard that hides an armoire and a minibar. Of his inspiration, Dixon says: “It’s golden age, glamorous transatlantic liners combined with New World Pop Art.” Rooms start at $330; 20 Upper Ground; 800-606-6090;


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