Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Shortlist

The shortlist for this year’s Restaurant and Bar Design Awards has been announced and we are delighted to say that 5 of our projects have made the list.

Here’s a rundown of who’s up for what:

Multiple Restaurant:
Absurd Bird, Spitalfields

Galvin HOP, London

Restaurant or Bar in another space:
Jimmy’s Diner, Queens, London

Restaurant or Bar in a retail space:
Sourced Market, Marylebone

Hawkers Bar & Brasserie, Kingston

Congratulations to our design teams, clients and everyone else involved in the successful schemes.

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FABulous evening at the FAB Awards

Last week we attended the 19th annual FAB Awards at the Hurlingham Club in London – celebrating excellence in International Food and Beverage brands.

We’re incredibly pleased to announce that our work for Cinnamon Bazaar  picked up the award for Best Interiors and Retail Environment.

Huge congratulations to our designers who worked on the award winning scheme and also to our FABulous client chef Vivek Singh.


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Demoiselle by Galvin, Dubai

We are delighted to have been working with Michelin starred chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin on the launch of their first restaurant venture in Dubai.

Demoiselle by Galvin combines a modern and stylish aesthetic with a delightfully warm ambiance, radiating elegance at every turn.

The 210-cover cafe recently opened it’s doors in Dubai’s newest urban living destination CITY WALK 2, and has already received high acclaim.

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DoubleTree by Hilton, Kingston upon Thames

DesignLSM’s brief was to plan, devise and design the ground floor public areas of the hotel; this included the lobby, reception and main restaurant.

Our strategy team undertook a full reconnaissance visit of the London Borough as well as extensive qualitative and quantitative research, which was specifically focused on the hotels restaurant provision. This enabled the client to form a clear understanding of the ‘white space’ within the vicinity and their culinary direction resulting in a defined and elevated positioning from which they could comfortably base their F&B offering around.

Inspired by Kingston’s rich aviation heritage, the overall design scheme holds a warm and contemporary aesthetic, with subtle touches of aircraft paraphernalia.

The hotel lobby is designed to be a welcoming and social space, with a blend of relaxed seating and tables suitable for groups, lone travellers and casual business meetings – all of which project a sophisticated image and atmosphere that sets the tone for the guest’s experience.

Hawkers Bar & Brasserie makes a striking impression, with its rich leather seating, ambient lighting and ornate floor tiles. A warm palette of copper, teal and soft greys conjure up an air of elegant opulence with low-level mirror screens and an exposed statement ceiling bringing in a modern industrial feel.

The restaurant heroes the name of Kingston’s famed flight pioneer Harry Hawker, which is bought to life through the branding and carefully curated design details which inject the whole scheme with a wonderful sense of character and identity.

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Two World Class F&B concepts, In progress

We are delighted to be working with two separate world-class brands on each of their iconic large scale F&B and retail concepts.

Our service offering for these projects includes:

Master planning
Interior Design

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And the winner is…

We’re thrilled to announce that our super talented design team have picked up not only one but two accolades at this year’s Casual Dining Awards, which was held last week at a prestigious awards ceremony at the Marriott London Grosvenor Square.

Our work for The Vincent Cafe & Cocktail Bar won the award for ‘Best Designed Independent’ followed by Galvin HOP which scooped up the prize for ‘Best Designed Pub or Bar.’

Huge congratulations to our design teams who worked on the award winning projects and also to our fabulous clients, Paul Adams and Michelin-starred chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin.

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Pinterest through a lens

Pinterest is one of the most popular social platforms in the UK. The social network sets itself apart from facebook, twitter and instagram by being a search engine that lets you discover with your eyes rather than your keyboard.

Pinterest have recently evolved this concept by launching “Pinterest Lens“—a new tool of visual discovery that takes a picture of an item of interest, and then brings up related pins for consumers to explore.

The new app works primarily in the categories of interiors, fashion and food and has been built around the notion of encouraging open-minded discovery.

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Union Bar & Grill, London

Our brief was to create a striking display of environmental wall artwork and menus for the newly refurbished London sites in Regents Place and Chiswick.

This project gave us an unusual amount of freedom to interpret our own narrative around the word Union, we considered a number of ideas but finally settled on the concept of ‘Unions’ in nature.

The typographic design illustrates a playful array of collective nouns centered on the theme of different animal groups. Each word was carefully selected from an illustrative library of phrases that we produced.

The Union Bar concept is wonderfully warm, full of bold colours showcasing the brands individual personality.

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Confidential Hotel Project, London

DesignLSM were commissioned to design the bedrooms for a new 4-star boutique hotel in London.

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Hawkers Bar & Brasserie, Kingston

The branding for Hawkers Bar & Brasserie conveys a refined and nostalgic feel of days gone by, helping to connect guests with Kingston’s rich aviation heritage.

Our brief was to create a full identity for the new F&B offering within the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Kingston Upon Thames. We began the process by fully immersing ourselves into the London Borough’s aviation history, drawing inspiration from uncovered archives of aircraft photography and the notable records of famous flight pioneer Harry Hawker.

Hawker was our muse in the naming of the restaurant, the identity heroes his name and heritage in a bold yet sophisticated way across signage, menus, stationery and other ephemera including gold-foiled gift cards.

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