Issho, Leeds

We worked closely with luxury restaurant group D&D London to create a vibrant and social restaurant space that portrays an elevated ambience above the metropolis of Leeds.

Issho (meaning ‘together’ in Japanese) subtly references the delicate textures, patterns and folds of East Asian fabrics creating an authentic and refined design aesthetic, that offers it’s guests the chance to discover the true art of fusion dining.

Located within the high-end shopping destination of Victoria Gate in Leeds, the 7,807-sqft site comprises of a stylish rooftop bar, outdoor terrace and restaurant complete with an open sushi counter.

A prominent feature is ‘The Kori Bar’, which is set alongside the rooftop terrace providing guests with the perfect setting for pre/post dinner cocktails and the chance to sample the delights of traditional Japanese sake. The striking timber framed bar takes centre stage within the area enhanced by an exquisitely lit monochrome ceiling artwork, which was specially commissioned by renowned Japanese designer Eley Kishimoto.

Inside the restaurant space, an impressive open kitchen complete with a traditional robatayaki grill and sushi counter offers diners the chance to experience the exciting creation of Executive Chef Ben Orpwood’s inspiring menu. The bespoke banquette seating has been designed to provide pockets of privacy alongside counter seating for those looking for a more social and theatrical experience.

Our designers utilised a bold and simplified palette for the scheme including traditional oak, marble style tiles, natural-edged porphyry stone and black charred timber, which is traditionally known as ‘Shou Sugi Ban’.

“ The Victoria Gate restaurant and bar is one of the most exciting rooftop spaces in Leeds”
AOL Travel

“Issho’s airy perch is a treat”

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Future Consumer Trends

Understanding what will influence trends and steer consumer choices is essential in creating and developing a successful F&B concept.

In our latest trend update, we look at the major trends that are set to impact future consumer’s desires, shopping and engagement patterns with brands in 2019.

1. Snug spaces    
The requirement for more comfortable and flexible spaces is set to rise in 2019, engaging consumers to break through the ‘noise’ and make room for more intimate conversations.

2. The New Cynics
In 2019, we will see the arrival of the sceptical consumer who will examine every product/service on the market. This consumer group will value knowledge and go that extra mile to analyse every ingredient in a product. They will also transform the face of social engagement with their need for an actual ‘face to face’ conversation rather than an anonymous and corporate dialogue.

3. Diversion- less
The demand for fewer distractions will be a key requirement for consumers. This is due to the current pressure that people now feel to ‘do-it-all’ leaving them feeling overwhelmed and unfocused in their day-to-day lives. Technology will seamlessly adapt into this trend creating products that will be less distracting and more productive.

4. Digital Shutdowns
The appeal of digital shutdowns is set to increase, as brands continue to test out bans on electronics and Wi-Fi in an effort to ignite real conversation between people

5. The Activism era
Last year was a very politically driven year and its implications will start to take effect in 2019 as consumers feel the urge more than ever before to fight for their beliefs and values.

We are watching closely how these trends will evolve and what direct impact they will have on the hospitality industry.

To discuss your strategical objectives in more depth please contact us or view our hospitality service offering.

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Felix Seafood Grill, Essex

We were approached by chef Stephen Li to create the interiors and branding for his new seafood grill restaurant based in Billericay, Essex.

The idea behind Felix Seafood Grill was to create a welcoming and refined restaurant offering within the area, which would showcase Stephen’s culinary expertise whilst appealing to the local community.

Housed in a former fishmongers shop, the 200sqm site is an intimate and unassuming space consisting of a main restaurant, bar and private dining area.

The exterior of the restaurant has been re-envisioned with a striking white washed shop front complimented by bold signage and gold vinyls, which creates a prominent presence along the main high street.

Pockets of soft green leather banquettes lead down to rich cooper bar, which illuminates the front of the main restaurant space with its highlit gantry and bold façade. A prominent feature is the bespoke wall covering designed with mesmerizing hues of pinks, greens and gold’s that conjure the feel of a calming ocean.

Contemporary walnut slatted screens divide the bespoke seating in the restaurant area allowing for a more intimate and relaxed setting. An impressive open kitchen pass overlooks the private dining area known as ‘The Chef’s table’ allowing diners the chance to the experience an exciting sense of culinary theatre.

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Little Jose, London

We were approached by renowned Spanish chef Jose Pizarro to create the interiors for the launch of his new street food concept in Canary Wharf, London.

Little Jose forms part of London Union/Street Feast’s latest food venue, Giant Robot. Situated in a striking 10,000 sqft rooftop space in Crossrail Place, Giant Robot offers an ‘eating and drinking rooftopia’ for foodie loving Londoners. The new site features a 360-island bar and outdoor terrace alongside a host of notable F&B vendors.

We worked closely with the team at London Union to create an intimate and vibrant tapas bar that showcases Jose’s authentic offering of true Spanish street food. The design aesthetic embraces a lively Mediterranean ambience featuring ornate Spanish tiles, brass mesh and a decorative array of festoon lighting.

A bold array of timber and black steel poseur seating are perfectly positioned in front of the kiosk creating a social and relaxed setting for Jose’s customers.

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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

The concept behind Demoiselle by Galvin was originally inspired by a charming chateau that Chris Galvin stumbled across on a trip to Champagne. Inside the art deco building he discovered an ornate collection of paintings illustrating beautiful birds of paradise and decadent Parisian women adorned in a feminine pastel-hued palette.

Our brief was to encapsulate this notion into the interior and branding of the scheme; creating a stylish all-day dining destination that would predominantly appeal to ladies within the area.

The 6,039 sqft restaurant is set across two floors featuring an artisan patisserie counter, juice bar, modern tea parlour and two intimate terrace spaces, which offer patrons resplendent views across City Walk 2.

The downstairs café provides a sophisticated and relaxed environment with a unique blend of casual seating including luxurious leather banquettes, upholstered dining chairs and intimate bar stools which are set against an impressive open kitchen counter offering guests the chance to experience an avid sense of culinary theatre A fresh palette of dusty pinks and hues of mint green conjure an air of understated elegance with aged mirror screens and herringbone oak flooring bringing in a more traditional feel.

In contrast to the downstairs, the modern tea parlour named ‘Salon de Thé’ has a more refined and elevated feel with a stunning decorative ceiling displaying Victorian bird illustrations. The botanical essence carries through into the material palette of the luxurious furnishings complimented by bespoke brass lights and a traditional tea counter ready to serve Galvin’s famous afternoon tea delights.

“Demoiselle by Galvin is a beautiful scheme and certainly stands out a very elegant site in City Walk 2. Many local restaurateurs, customers old and new are all unanimous in their praise of the layout and beautiful design, voting it a resounding success.”

Chris Galvin, Chef/Patron Galvin Restaurants

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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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