The George in Rye

London, UK

Retrouvius worked with Katie and Alex Clarke on the interior design for The George when they first opened in 2006 and, despite the trauma of fire damage in 2019, it has been a great privilege to work together again to help bring it back to life.

Our approach celebrates the history and feeling of the building and structure. Fire damage made it possible to open up the flow of the public spaces, while still respecting the floorplan of the original C18th coaching inn.

Given the architecture of the building, each of the thirty-four bedrooms has its own distinctive character with bold use of colour and vintage textiles guiding the artistic language. In the public spaces, we have introduced salvaged materials that bring a relaxed tactility; the pine cheeseboards, a Thames barge sailcloth, Iroko lab tops, cast iron tiles and leaded windows. These reclaimed elements have tangible soul – you don’t need to know the provenance to feel their warmth.