We recently entered into the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards and thought it would be a good opportunity to share our entries and reflect on completed projects of 2015.
Although it's not all of them it's a nice summary of what we've been up to!
This was our first design for Nando's; a refurbishment at The Mall in Bristol. Adopting the Nando's heritage of African Portuguese we set out to channel a new lease of life in to the space using vibrant colours, bold patterns and a mix use of textures. Set within a Mall complex it was important to draw attention to the space situated on a mezzanine level, lighting was carefully considered and used to create visual presence.
Our second design for Nando's, a new build within a leisure complex on the outskirts of Bristol. As with every design the challenge was to bring new design elements across all aspects of the interior, determining the best use of space. Lighting, signage, texture, pattern and colour were carefully deliberated throughout. Bespoke, well considered lighting creates zoned areas with a combination of fixed and loose seating for flexible dining.
Located near Pudding Lane where the Great Fire of London broke out in 1666, the design of The Hydrant draws inspiration from the history associated with this location. Many of the elements are bespoke reflecting the fire theme; the first floor private dining room is enclosed with bespoke fire station doors, other features include a wall installation made from old fire hose, up-cycled lighting using old fire extinguishers and hand painted signage.
Once the hub of the Soho based film and television industry in the 20th Century, The Sun & 13 Cantons is named after links with the Swiss watch making community that worked in Soho in the late 1800's. The design embraced the heritage of this famous old Soho pub, maximising the best use of space across both levels and retaining traditional features. The venue hosts a superb music and drinks venue with a pop up restaurant offering, serving eclectic foods from around the world. The interior draws on traditional Soho pub design from the turn of the century giving an atmospheric gin palace feel.
We focused the design on creating one continuous space, connecting the bar and restaurant for a better use of space for both drinking and dining. Drawing on the original characteristics and charm of the building, we added to the space using many bespoke design elements. Many of the bespoke items were individually sourced, a gramophone pendant lighting feature takes centre stage in the restaurant area with each light pendant individually sourced. Although this was a challenge, they are features that can't be successfully replicated.
A traditional city pub in Bristol, the venue itself is quite small so we used a variety of soft and hard seating to make best use of space and create flexibility. We updated the dark bar and heavy rich woods whilst maintaining the traditional pub look, limited edition art prints from local and national artists bring interest and colour to the walls.