Past President of the BIID and Inchbald graduate Diana Yakeley was named as the Interior Design Advisor to the British Business Embassy for the duration of the Olympics and turned Lancaster House into a showcase for British design talent.
Lancaster House on the Mall in central London is a favourite space for government receptions. Commissioned in 1825 by the Duke of York, the house was originally a private residence. Since then it has been home to the London Museum, and then a venue for political meetings and conferences, including the G7 summits in 1984 and 1991, and shows such as the London Fashion Show in 2007. It has also featured in films such as The King’s Speech in 2010.
Joseph Nash was responsible for the staircase and grand hall completed in 1850, shown below, when the site was known as Stafford House.
This opulent interior provides a truly palatial and contrasting setting for contemporary design.
Staircase at Lancaster House