Tortilla, Silverburn, Glasgow

Tortilla was launched back in 2007, bringing the delights of authentic Mexican food to London, by taking inspiration from the self-proclaimed burrito capital of the world, San Francisco. The brand has since grown to 29 restaurants in UK and has recently expanding out to the Middle East.

DesignLSM were delighted to be asked to recreate another Tortilla restaurant concept in the busy retail and restaurant hub of Silverburn Shopping Centre in Glasgow.

Located at the entrance of the popular shopping destination, Tortilla’s famous serving counter acts as a central focal point for the 127sqm space bringing their fresh and honest food to the forefront. Our designers utilised a range of industrial materials and recycled timbers, combined with an array of vibrant visuals and bright neon signage, to create a striking presence and introduce the brand to the Scottish consumer.

DesignLSM continues to work successfully with Tortilla, developing a flexible and attractive brand that can fit seamlessly into any commercial environment, from shopping centres, kiosks to high street restaurants.

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Design Focus – The Vincent

Story so Far..

In 2008 entrepreneur Paul Adams opened the doors to his first hotel venture, turning his unique vision into a reality with a new luxury lifestyle hotel located in the heart of Southport.

Since it’s opening The Vincent Hotel has won numerous awards and award nominations, the hotel is today considered a top destination in the North West of England and is highly recognised for it’s unsurpassed service and striking design.

Over the years DesignLSM have worked closely with Paul creating fresh and modern designs to accompany his original concepts, the most recent being The Vincent Café and Cocktail bar in Liverpool.

“DesignLSM have enabled me to fulfil my dream of designing what is probably one of the most stylish hotels in the North West of England”
Paul Adams

The Vincent arrives in Liverpool

For his first standalone-dining concept, Paul has partnered up with footballer Steven Gerrard offering Liverpool diners a restaurant and cocktail bar with a difference.

Our brief was to create a new versatile all-day dining destination that drew inspiration from the popular Vincent hotel brand. Inspired by International and European influences, we created a stylish, contemporary interior featuring a sophisticated cocktail bar, authentic sushi station and private dining area.

The Vincent Café is housed in a stunning Grade 2 listed building in the centre of Liverpool’s commercial district. In order to retain the unique character of the heritage building our designers exposed the remaining walls and ceilings creating an authentic and high-end finish throughout. The striking 39sqm cocktail bar illuminates the space at the front of the restaurant with its rich cooper façade and high-lit gantry showcasing the fine sprits on offer.

A prominent feature in the restaurant is the impressive private dining area designed with leather-clad walls complimented by opulent green drapes helping to create an intimate and luxurious environment. Pockets of bespoke seating within the main restaurant create a casual and social space for diners. The exterior of the building houses an array of elegant lit-up signage, designed to convey a refined and elegant ambience within.

The stylish setting has been carefully curated to combine the casual and fine dining offering ensuring the overall environment captures the sophisticated character connected with The Vincent Brand.

Our design team continue to work successfully with Paul, developing The Vincent brand and adding to his expanding portfolio.

Awards: Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2016, The Vincent Café and Cocktail Bar Shortlisted ‘Best Standalone Restaurant’

 

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Bombay Brasserie, London

Bombay Brasserie is an iconic Indian dining destination located in the heart of Kensington. DesignLSM were asked to re-design their menus, stationary and printed collateral.

Inspired by the restaurants vast interior and the client’s archive of colonial photography and traditional illustration, we combined the imagery with high quality metallic print finishes and gold foiling giving an elegant finish. We also simplfied the logo mark, refining the original Bombay Brasserie icon and highlighting the restaurants heritage.

The combined finish gave the established brand a fresh look and created a talking point amongst guests, as well as attracting new customers.

 

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Via Carluccio’s, London

DesignLSM are proud to have played an integral part from the outset in the growth of the successful Carluccio’s brand. In 1991 Carluccio’s opened their first caffé in London and today, with restaurants, caffés and food shops across the UK and internationally in locations including Istanbul, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Kuwait.

Via Carluccio’s is the latest concept from the established brand combining their authentic Italian food with fast quality service for busy londoners on the go.

Via (meaning street in Italian) was inspired by founder Antonio Carluccio’s train travels across Italy.
The intention is to bring his experience of real Italian food on the move to the bustling retail and restaurant hub of Tottenham Court Road.

DesignLSM’s brief was to create a natural extension of Carluccio’s existing deli offer, adopting a simple yet bold interior to reflect the quality and authenticity associated with the brand.

Our designers utilised a minimal palette of materials made up of concrete, light timber and bespoke vinyls, maximising the natural day light of the space and allowing the fresh and vibrant produce on display to be the main focus. The ceramic works of the late Italian designer and architect Gio Ponti inspired the striking design of the wall coverings giving ‘Via’ a separate identity from it’s parent brand.

 

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Sourced Market, London

Sourced Market is an artisan food and drink retailer offering sustainable produce that is ethically sourced from independent British food suppliers.

DesignLSM’s brief was to expand upon their existing St Pancras site with the additions of a coffee counter, bakery, juice bar, hot deli counter and the unique feature of a dedicated craft beer and wine cellar. The design elements were carefully considered to embrace the unique characteristics of a farmers market, encompassing the variety of retail offerings creating a visual journey for the customer.

The indoor market place is housed in a striking building located in the bustling area of Wigmore Street in London’s West End. The site is a large, light space with an industrial feel; surrounded by floor to ceiling windows on both sides which are adorned with seasonal displays of fresh produce.

Our designers utilised a bold fresh colour palette and took advantage of the natural light, distinguishing each retail area through the use of colour and varying materials.

 

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Raw Press, London

Located in the heart of Chelsea, Raw Press is a health and wellbeing café & juice bar offering fresh, organic cold-press juices and nourishing superfoods.

DesignLSM were commissioned to develop a new concept based on their first outlet in Dover Street. Our brief was to create a space that conveyed the quality and carefully crafted nature of the cold-press juices and fresh produce, ensuring the interior elements reflected the brands ethical ethos.

The overall environment is designed to have a minimalistic and contemporary feel allowing the key visual features to pop out in the brand’s vibrant and organic colour palette.

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Absurd Bird, London

Absurd Bird is a new Southern US inspired restaurant located in the street-food haven of London’s Spitalfields.

Our brief was to capture Absurd Bird’s playful identity and reflect the quirkiness of the menu with a modern yet nostalgic design inspired by the backwaters of America’s deep south.

In the upstairs restaurant the reclaimed wooden seating, taken from old US barns, combined with corrugated timber panels brings a raw aesthetic into the space which is bought to live with playful touches of flannel shirt upholstery and vibrant neon signage. The absurdness continues through bespoke birch tree chandeliers, up-lit birdhouses and bizarre binocular spotlights suspended over the cement tables, each of which are brandished with bird footprints.

In contrast the basement design is reminiscent of an authentic 1920’s speakeasy bar with a luxurious yet worn feel throughout the space. The bar is a prominent feature designed with a grand marble top, brass trim and beautifully ornate wooden frontage decorated with a distressed paint effect.

DesignLSM delivered an interior that overflows with Southern hospitality, creating a warm and quirky ambience. Key visual elements were carefully designed to ‘take’ the clientele on a journey, adopting the role of an explorer stumbling upon a once loved relic whilst tracking down the eccentric and crazy flock of Absurd birds.

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Absurd Birds Spotted in Spitalfields

Absurd Bird is a new Southern US inspired restaurant located in the street-food haven of London’s Spitalfields.

The innovative restaurant concept offers the humble delights of spatch-cocked smoked chicken with an ‘Absurd’ twist introducing city diners to the unusual pairings of ‘chicken and waffle’ and ‘sweet potato marshmallow bake’. Founded by an American Chef and Young Entrepreneur the story behind Absurd Bird is inspired by an amusing tale of the adventure of two rebellious birds who decide to jail break out of the cuckoo’s nest and embark on a memorable journey together. As the brand’s story slowly unfolds the true essence of Absurd Bird is revealed.

DesignLSM’s Brief
To capture Absurd Bird’s playful identity and reflect the quirkiness of the menu with a modern yet nostalgic design inspired by the backwaters of America’s deep south.

The overall concept is set across two floors combining a warm and rustic all-day dining environment on the ground floor with a relaxed and intimate evening cocktail bar in the basement.

In the upstairs restaurant the reclaimed wooden seating, taken from old US barns, combined with corrugated timber panels brings a raw aesthetic into the space which is bought to live with playful touches of flannel shirt upholstery and vibrant neon signage.

The Colourful Story
It continues through bespoke birch tree chandeliers, up-lit birdhouses and bizarre binocular spotlights suspended over the cement tables, each of which are brandished with bird footprints left by the feathery outlaws on their chaotic journey.

The absurdness ventures into the restroom space where our interiors team designed the weird and wonderful feature of a suitcase vanity unit, which when opened displays a bird watcher’s map illustrating the brand’s story further.

In contrast the basement design is reminiscent of an authentic 1920’s speakeasy bar with a luxurious yet worn feel throughout the space. The bar is a prominent feature designed with a grand marble top, brass trim and beautifully ornate wooden frontage decorated with a distressed paint effect. The decadent booths are framed by luxurious fabrics and bespoke wallpaper that depicts vintage oil paintings – a perfectly intimate spot to enjoy a ‘moonshine’ cocktail whilst indulging in a spot of ornithology.

The Absurd Environment
DesignLSM delivered an interior that overflows with Southern hospitality, creating a warm and quirky ambience. Key visual elements were carefully designed to ‘take’ the clientele on a journey, adopting the role of an explorer stumbling upon a once loved relic whilst tracking down the eccentric and crazy flock of Absurd birds.

 

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Design Focus – Burger & Lobster

Back in 2008 Russian steakhouse group Goodman’s approached us with the unusual idea of creating a new simplistic casual dining concept, which solely consisted of a Burger and Lobster. Fast-forward to present day and Goodman’s notion has now transformed into a thriving restaurant chain.

Story So Far…

In the last eight years we have worked on a multitude of B&L sites. It’s been key for our designers to keep each site feeling fresh, drawing design inspiration from the unique heritage buildings the client secures and the geographic locations. Such as; the dramatic Nova Scotia lobster cages framing the entrance to the restaurant within Harvey Nichols, the neon artwork in Manchester inspired by the Joy Division album Unknown Pleasures; along with the ‘Big Boys’ upstairs dining area in Threadneedle St, that caters for city workers indulging in the ‘larger lobsters’.

Our talented team have designed over 15 unique B&L locations to date throughout the UK, Europe and most recently expanding out to the US and Middle East.

Beautiful Bath

For their thirteenth restaurant B&L have made their debut in the UNESCO heritage site of Bath. Located in a historical Grade II listed building, the Octagon Chapel, the site playfully brings a modern twist to the traditional setting.

Our brief was to transform the former chapel into a dining destination that is diverse yet instantly recognisable as the B&L brand. The space consists of a casual dining area spread across two floors incorporating an independent cocktail bar operating within the basement floor –known as Confessional Bar.

An eye-catching lobster sculpture highlights the discreet entrance which leads diners through a luxurious lit red tunnel into a majestic double height mezzanine space. Inside the dining area a striking 5m-chandelier is the central focus point for the space drawing your eyes into the heart of the restaurant, which is occupied by a vast octagonal bar.

The distinctive character of the building has been carefully restored and enhanced to create the engaging and playful atmosphere associated with the Burger & Lobster brand.

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Red Dog Saloon, Soho, London

Following the recent success of our branding and interior design work for Red Dog Saloon,
DesignLSM were delighted to be asked to recreate a third smokehouse and restaurant concept for Red Dog in Soho.

Our designers incorporated elements inspired by Colorado’s natural landscape and traditional diners, to create an authentic Mid-Western experience. To maximise the intimate space we stripped back the design, using a limited range of raw materials and a simplified colour palette.

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