Papaji's House of Teas

" a subtle makeover from Bristol interior designers Simple Simon, who seem to have the knack of turning pigs' ears into silk purses when it comes to restaurants." Mark Taylor (evening post)

Congratulations to Andy and his team on the reopened Papaji's, we naturally wish him the best of luck. One of the most succesful elements of Simon J's concept is the acrylic mirror that hides the perimeter lighting in the upstairs dining room, it elevates the ceiling and lightens the room, on top of that it shows off the fabulous vintage timber frame without letting it overpower the room. The low roll back banquettes have a fabulous contemporary look, from 2 contrasting metallic fabrics; a funky plum hexagonal pattern for the backs, and a lustrous crinkled texture for the seats. Go and have a look, what's more they'll mix you a mean Cosmopolitan.

The National Trust

Dunham Massey opens!

Dunham Massey, near Manchester, the first test site is open and trading like hot-cakes! Were thrilled with the result, the new design has cut the queueing times and increased customer spend. This weekend Dyrham Park near Bath opens, and with this one we've looked at the interior as a whole including furniture lighting and wall finishes. Click here to see the project page

East Dock Worcester

We wanted to share our design proposal for Diglis basin in Worcester. The aim is let the natural beauty of the building shine through, we hope you like it.

We hope you like the design proposal for the new Diglis basin. We've suggested the name East Dock to tie in with the shipping heritage of the site and the Asian influences of the menu. Inside we've kept everything pretty bear, the building is beautifully proportioned and has a fantastic exposed timber frame, so needs little embellishment. We've added a floor to ceiling wine display by the door, the only blank area of the building. Along the service wall is a natural brick finish with foil lined pockets to receive and reflect the flickering light of candles. At the top end of the building is a slightly segregated bar area, with a curved deep buttoned banquette to back onto the restaurant, the bar itself has a ceasarstone top, and a polished steel perimeter to a shimmering mosaic fascia.


Holiday Inn Bristol - Public Areas

Approval has recently been received of our designs for the 2nd floor public areas of the new Barton House Holiday Inn. One of the greatest challenges has been posed by the low ceilings due to the building's original construction as an office block. We have used a mixture of ceiling and floor finishes to delineate the different areas of the mixed use space. The front of the bar and reception desk will be stepped contours of solid surface material with LED halo lighting.

Dyrham Park - completed design

We've recently received approval for the new National Trust restaurant at Dyrham Park near Bath, this forms the second part of the restaurant design scheme that the Trust commissioned us to work on.

Papaji's Clifton

Congratulations to Andy on the re-opening of Papaji's. It's rare to see a genuinely unique concept, but this is definitely the place you'll find it.

As the name suggests; tea is at the heart of the offering but Andy and his team offer so much more than that, the head chef Juan prepares modern European cuisine influenced by the flavours of the sub-continent.

There can't be many chefs with experience of the El Bulli kitchen plying their trade in the westcountry, and judging by the samples at the opening night it's well worth the trip. We wish Andy and his team a very successful, and busy Christmas. Photos to follow.

Prego Opens

At the start of the year we became involved in a new Italian restaurant in Westbury.

Olly and Julian took a huge risk giving up the 9-5 to open a community restaurant, and we're thrilled to say since they've been run off their feet.

Inside Neisha Crosland wallpaper and industrial style lighting blend to give a relaxed bistro feel that the locals seem to love, (or of course it could be Olly's cooking).

No excuses

We've been a bit lax lately. We've been so busy that we've failed to keep you informed of what we've been up to. So, over the next couple of weeks we'll be out and about getting pictures of some of our recent projects to keep you up to date.

Look out for further information on the refurbished Hop Pole for Bath Ales, the new Clifton Kitchen on the site of Keith Floyd's first venture (our first blue plaque), a contemporary reception for Bristol's premier product design agency, and there's lots more to follow over the next couple of months.


Barton House bedrooms

Across town at the new Holiday Inn, IHG have given their blessing to Simple Simon's sample room.

We hope to have some better pictures soon, but until then here's a peek of the green colourway, there is also an orange and a red option and we've designed a bespoke carpet that will suit all 3 options.

Worcester Water Work

Simple Simon Design have been appointed as designers for a new all day offering in Worcester.

It's our first foray into Worcestershire and is located in a wonderful converted boat shed in the Diglis Basin development. We thought you'd like the pictures of the shell, it's in a fantastic position overlooking the canal barge basin. We'll be sure to add any visuals to our blog in the future.

Holiday Inn

The sample bedroom is underway at the new central Bristol Holiday Inn.

We hope to have some images to share with you once approval has been granted by the IHG brand guardian. Watch this space!

About time too!

If you're a frequent visitor to the site then you'll have noticed there's been little change for a few weeks.

The good news is that's because we're busy, however we've now updated our gallery with images of some of our early 2010 jobs. Some of the pictures have come from our new friend James Stokes Photography.

(You may need to clear the cache on your computer to see the updates, thanks for your interest)


Tea's Up !

Here's a couple of pictures of our latest installation, "Mr Miles" tea shop in Taunton.

Simple Simon were responsible for the design and manufacture of the retail area of this new venture for Porlock's D J Miles & Co tea suppliers.


Do You Boof ?

Cardiff's new St. Davids shopping centre is the setting for French restaurateur Fracis Dupuy's latest brainchild - Fast French Food.

"Boof" is a derivation of the french word Bouffe, which literally translates as "Grub". Expect Toulouse sausage, rotisserie chicken all wrapped up in the usual great interior!



Tea Time in Taunton

We're just putting the finishing touches to the servery and retail cabinets for a new Taunton venture.

The former Laura Ashely High St location is being turned into a tea shop for the discerning drinkers of Taunton, and Simple Simon and our friends at Reynolds Collcutt are building the main shop area for Miles Teas who are based in the lovely seaside town of Porlock.

We're looking forward to seeing the instore roaster that will give you any blend of coffee that you want, and fill the area with that fantastic roasted coffee smell.