Meat & Shake, London

Meat & Shake was first launched back in 2010 at the height of the boom for London burger bars. The brand’s concept stems from the owners passion for America’s Deep South BBQ flavours.

We were approached by restaurateur Faraz Ahmed to work on the redesign of the brand identity for Meat & Shake to coincide with the opening of their two new sites in Ealing and Watford.

Following the success of their first restaurant in Tooting, the brand wanted to take their burger-led concept and evolve this into a full BBQ smokehouse format, showcasing the heritage of their American inspired menu.

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Kanuka, St Albans

Kanuka is a specialist loose-leaf tea company based in St Albans; a family run business created by John and Beth Hesler and Sophie Taylor. The original concept was sparked by the unusual Christmas gift of an expensive kettle, which gave John the idea of creating a unique tea blend that would equal his gift in elegance. The journey towards the birth of Kanuka followed.

DesignLSM were approached to create the brand identity and interior design for Kanuka, which included a full compliment of applications including signage, business stationery, point of sale and packaging.

Kanuka is worlds apart from your typical English teahouse and it was important that we made that distinction in how the brand was communicated. The copywriting element was important from the start of the process to establish a clear and calm tone of voice, The tone carries through into the design application, which combines minimal Japanese inspired pattern design with modern type and beautiful still life photography.

The patterns are a visual representation of the essence of the tea – well-being, naughty, classic. The selection of 40 bespoke teas are also colour coded and presented within a striking in-store wall display. Kanuka encourages customers to learn about tea and explore the various scents and flavours- taking a journey of discovery by selecting a tea to harmonise with their emotional and physical wellbeing.

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London Design Festival 2016 – Our Top Picks

On the 17th September LDF returns to London, celebrating all things design with over 400 exhibitions, events and projects showcasing around the city.

Our designers are gearing up for the annual festival and have shared their top picks of the best installations and exhibitions that will be taking place across the capital next week.

1. RIBA Window Display, Regents Street  

The innovative RIBA Project matches cutting edge RIBA architects with some of London’s most prestigious retailers to create stunning architectural installations in shop windows along and around London’s Regent Street. The unique and eye-catching displays demonstrate the innovation and creativity of architects whilst highlighting the participating fashion brands as champions of good design. (click here for more info) 

2. Decorex International, Syon Park 

Decorex International is the UK’s longest running design show and only one of its kind for the luxury interiors market. Combining a mixture of emerging talent and established international design brands, the exhibition welcomes over 400 exhibitors over the course of the four-day event. (click here for more info) 

3. A Smile in the Mind, The Gallery at Foyles, Kings Cross

Created by The Partners as part of the series curated by Futurecity at The Gallery at Foyles. The exhibition explores the use of wit in design and branding. Based on the updated design book ‘A Smile in the Mind’, it shows how wit powers the world’s biggest brands and most memorable creative work. (click here for more info) 

4. Design Junction, Granary Square, Kings Cross

The International design show has a new home in King Cross this year, bringing a specially curated programme of design exhibitions, installations, retail experience, events and workshops based upon the leading theme, Immersed in Design. (click here for more info) 

5. Victoria & Albert Museum  

The V&A is this years design hub, housing a wide range of specially commissioned installations and displays around the famous Museum by some of the world’s most inspirational designers, as well as a vast programme of events including talks, tours and workshops. (click here for more info) 

For more info on events taking place at LDF visit londondesignfestival.com 

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The Coal Shed, Brighton

The Coal Shed is an award-winning steak and seafood restaurant based in the heart of Brighton.

Following the success of The Coal Shed’s sister restaurant The Salt Room, DesignLSM were delighted to be asked to work on the branding and interiors for the relaunch of this popular restaurant.

Our design brief was to refresh the original interior and branding, bringing a new look and feel into the space that could easily be connected to the sophisticated character of The Salt Room.

The restaurant holds a striking facade, which we enhanced with an arresting grey gloss finish; accompanied by new exterior lighting, antique brass lettering and gold vinyl signage, complimenting the interiors inside.

The upstairs private dining room named ‘The Chef’s Library’ has been dramatically re-envisioned. Our designers softened the interiors with an array of softly lit rustic candles and created a shelving display, which showcases the Chef’s knowledge and inspiration through collections of vintage cookbooks and kitchenalia.

DesignLSM’s branding team updated The Coal Shed’s visual identity and collateral harmonising it to sit alongside its partner The Salt Room.

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Mustard, London

Mustard is the latest venture from successful restauranteurs Lawrence Hartley, Tim Healy and executive chef Jason Wild.

Located in the charming London neighbourhood of Brook Green, the all-day dining concept focuses on simple, honest brasserie food, which showcases the finest artisan produce from across the UK.

DesignLSM’s brief was to create a refined and relaxed interior, where guests can immerse themselves into the delicious and wholesome delights of fresh British cuisine.

Drawing inspiration from the sites former home of a famous Victorian grocery shop, our designers restored the original Highland thistle wall tiles and exposed the bespoke wooden-panelling with a bold and striking colour palette.

In contrast, the contemporary features of bold mustard leather upholstery, a brass topped bar and hand-drawn botanical artwork help to create a warm and inviting ambience throughout the space.

DesignLSM’s branding team generated the name and logo for the brand giving ‘Mustard’ a strong and unique identity, which sets itself apart from other brassiere concepts.

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Lacoste, Trafford Centre, Manchester

DesignLSM have been working successfully with Lacoste since 2001, bringing the iconic stores to life with stylish and effective design schemes, which showcase the brand’s high quality and timeless products.

Our retail design team were commissioned to the work on the redesign of the Lacoste store in the Trafford Centre, Manchester. The popular boutique is the first Lacoste outlet to house the brands new design concept, which is set to roll out across all UK stores.

DesignLSM’s brief was to expand the brand’s retail space within the existing 85sqm unit, creating the maximum area for product display thereby increasing the store’s efficiencies.

To enhance the space, we stripped back the stores original shell, replacing the curved walls with flat units and introduced an array of new features and finishes that included bespoke concrete wall fixtures and light timber flooring.

The overall design scheme is elegantly practical, displaying products beautifully, creating an enticing and effortless journey for Lacoste’s customers.

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Retail Week Interiors Awards 2016

Exciting news! – our work for Sourced Market has been shortlisted in this years Retail Week Interiors Awards, under the category of ‘Best Leisure Food and Drink Shop.’

Congratulations to everyone involved in the project, we’re thrilled at how well the design has been received and are keeping our fingers crossed for the upcoming awards ceremony in November.

Read more about our work with Sourced Market here

 

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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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