How can the design of a new restaurant transport diners into another world, telling a vibrant and eclectic story that draws on a rich history of visual nostalgia whilst sitting firmly in the 21st Century?
The brief for this new restaurant concept, the first site in what will be a new chain of casual dining pie restaurants, started by being asked to watch the opening scenes of the 1961 animated film ‘101 Dalmations’. Our client had become captivated by the visual style of this classic animation, in particular the way vivid colour emerges from black and white sketchy backgrounds.
With such an intriguing brief, we began by working closely with the client to develop a visual concept that took inspiration from this but became something in it’s own right. One of the key elements that stitch this together are the large scale wall art panels, each defining a separate zone – the railway station, the garden and the beach. Envisioned as a journey through an imaginary setting for a film, the restaurant becomes a set for a story that can only be imagined.
To give it a contemporary edge, these wall art panels have been created by graffiti artists from The Custard Factory in Birmingham. With incredible skill they interpreted our brief and produced the most compelling pieces using spray paint and graffiti markers.
A simple mix of old school chairs in differing colours and monochrome tables, onto a floor that uses a patchwork of four different wood finishes add to the eclectic vibe.
Set within a Grade I Listed old coaching inn, in Golden Cross, created it’s own challenges. With a building of such historic importance for the city, including many c15 interior features, we worked closely with both English Heritage and the Listed Buildings team at Oxford City Council to ensure our design added to the evolving story of this building without detriment to the historic fabric.
- Architectural / Interior Design
- Building Regulations
- Planning - Grade I Listed
- Project Management