Opening its doors in one of London’s culinary hotspots, this highly anticipated restaurant has been thoughtfully curated from day one. With an interior that’s full of personal touches and rich, contrasting materials, it’s distinctive, yet warm and inviting.
Split over two floors, the first port of call is the intimate bar: located just off the reception, diners are naturally guided to an aperitif by the sweeping flow of the coffer lighting. In the lounge area we kept the feature lighting purposely close to the ceiling, because it’s relatively low – this not only maximises the space, but also provides a wash of diffuse light onto the ceiling. Wall lights and illuminated artwork add to the bar’s vibrancy.
A modern, wooden staircase with rough concrete walls leads to the restaurant downstairs and is complemented by a layered pendant. The textured walls are grazed with light and make the staircase look and feel like it’s “floating”.
A striking architectural wall feature that doubles up as a decorative light installation, formed by “fins” that are softly illuminated, enhances the dining area’s double-height front. Away from the atrium, the lighting design scheme includes coffers that have been illuminated to provide a soft body of light and warmth throughout the space. To locally illuminate tables, we used discreet spotlights – these add accent and, through the use of LEDs with a high CRI, make the food always look its most tantalising.
Images: © Andrew Meredith
— Daniel Blaker