Red’s True BBQ, Newcastle

DesignLSM were approached by leading smokehouse brand Red’s True BBQ to work on the interiors for the launch their eighth site in Newcastle’s intu Eldon Square.

The 240-cover restaurant pays homage to the religious reverence that the founders James Douglas and Scott Munro pay to the art of barbequing. This is subtly translated in the site, through large wall graphics and the intimate ‘confessional’ areas, which include a private dining room and dedicated smokers area.

There are two entrances to the restaurant, one from the exterior and the other through the shopping mall. The mall side is visually open to the public providing them with a teaser of the ‘Red’s experience’ – although once inside the diner is immersed into an ambience that recreates the atmosphere of the rustic shacks and warehouses that James and Scott frequented on their annual pilgrimage of discovery across Southern America.

To ensure this identity was translated our designers made the materials the main focus – creating a stripped back interior using an array of industrial materials including 3D cladding, glazed steel caging and repurposed timber.

Specific design features include bespoke bike chain chandeliers, steel gas canisters and reclaimed shipped containers which have been furnished with decorative layers of wire mesh and corrugated iron.

The rough materials and brash graphics combine together to create a raw and masculine aesthetic communicating to the diner the inspiration and passion that the brand has for the homeland of the true BBQ.

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Cinnamon Bazaar, Covent Garden

Cinnamon Bazaar is the latest venture from renowned Indian chef Vivek Singh and forms part of The Cinnamon Collection, which includes contemporary Indian restaurants The Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Kitchen and Cinnamon Soho.

Inspired by the exotic and bustling markets of India, the design scheme embraces an eclectic bazaar ambience offering diners the chance to discover something new with every step. The overall concept is set across two floors; an intimate private dining room on the first floor accompanied by a dedicated bar and vibrant restaurant area on the ground floor.

The exterior of the restaurant has been re-envisaged with a new bold timber shop front and striking metal projecting signage accompanied by ornate hand-painted columns depicting a distressed tile effect that frame the vibrant double doors. Each door is decorated with traditional Indian images – allowing patrons to feel as if they are being transported into the heart of bazaar as they step over the entrance.

Adorned with a vibrant colour palette of opulent gold’s, blues and greens, the main dining room features beautiful hand-painted Indian artworks and ornate tiles. The ambience is further enhanced with a dramatic ceiling display – an array of hanging lanterns, greenery and draped Indian silks.

Upstairs in the private dining room, our designers restored the existing bar to replicate the handcrafted design of the entrance door. The 30-cover dining room is framed with luxurious mustard coloured window drapes and decorated with authentic wicker ceiling fans.

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Galvin Greenman, Chelmsford

For their latest venture Michelin starred chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin have gone back to their hometown of Chelmsford to transform the 700-year-old Greenman public house in Howe Street into a new ‘Great British Pub’ for the 21st century and beyond.

Our brief for the project was to produce a full interior and architectural design renovation, restoring the listed building to its former splendour with the addition of a stunning new main dining room with glass vaulted entrance links and a completely new kitchen.

We created a sophisticated dining room that envelopes the entire rear of the pub, alongside housing a modern kitchen and back of house facilities in the central hub, perfectly positioned to service both the bar and dining rooms situated on opposite sides of the building.

Located upstairs in the heart of the pub are a series of private dining rooms, each of which create a ‘home from home’ for the Greenman diner. The interior design of each space reflects the pub’s sponsor partners, as well as the period and location of the property. This is translated through the carefully selected materials and fabrics such as authentic tartan curtains and traditional leather seating.

Inspired by ancient English folklore, our branding team created a unique identity for the pub using bold illustration to amplify the traditional roots of  ‘The Greenman’ design.

The striking green and gold colour palette applied in the Greenman’s logo, signage and print collateral were developed to compliment the concept’s interior scheme, creating an integrated visual experience.

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Cinnamon Bazaar

Delighted to see our recent work for Cinnamon Bazaar featured in the Evening Standard this week.

Check out the full video interview with chef Vivek Singh here.

 

 

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Absurd Bird, Exeter

The story behind Absurd Bird Exeter is inspired by the tale of two unruly birds who have escaped from their London home and flown ‘deeper south’ to Exeter’s popular dining quarter in Queen’s street. Seeking a home of abundant greenery, the birds decide to take roost in the depths of the Bayou where time is measured by the creak of a swing and the slow burr of a ceiling fan.

DesignLSM’s brief was to create an interior scheme, which was intriguingly different from the other Absurd Bird’s sites. Our designers began the process by fully immersing themselves into America’s Deep South culture, drawing inspiration from its decorative architecture and the famous literature of Mark Twain, Tennessee Williams and Harper Lee.

The restaurant is spread across two floors. The first floor combines a warm and rustic dining area decorated with rocking chairs and intimate seating booths that are dressed with lush tropical planting; creating a secluded mezzanine level conjuring a scene from a ‘traditional’ Southern USA porch.

In the main restaurant area, an assortment of reclaimed plantation wooden shutters and windows adorn the walls creating an essence reminiscent of a New Orleans townscape, whilst quirky features such as a piano converted into a waiter station, a lit dovecote house and birdcage lighting inject an ‘absurd’ twist into the design. This is complimented by a sophisticated cocktail bar, cladded in deep green glossed herringbone tiles, ready to serve up the delights of ‘homemade ‘Moonshine’.

Our team utilised a bold colour palette with a distressed and rustic finish for the overall look and feel of the space – combining this with unique finer details such as ornithological patterns and hidden literary quotes – evoking the haunting, social spirit of the Deep South.

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Design Focus – Galvin Greenman

Story so far

In 2005, Michelin stared chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin approached us to work on the interiors and branding for their first restaurant venture together – Galvin Bistrot De Luxe.

Located on London’s famous Baker Street, the bistro quickly became an overnight success for the brothers, achieving numerous accolades for its fine Parisian cuisine and elegant design.

Over the years we have worked closely alongside the Galvin family helping them to launch their extensive restaurant portfolio with the highly acclaimed Galvin La Chapelle, Galvin Demoiselle in Harrods and new pub de luxe concept Galvin HOP.

The Galvin’s homecoming

For their latest venture the brother’s have gone back to their hometown of Chelmsford in Essex to transform the 700-year-old Greenman public house in Howe Street into a new ‘Great British Pub’ for the 21st century and beyond.

Set in 1.5 acres of beautiful countryside with the river Chelmer flowing along its boundary, The Greenman is one of Essex’s oldest pubs centered at the heart of the local community.

DesignLSM’s brief for the project was to produce a full interior and architectural design renovation, restoring the listed building to its former splendour with the addition of a stunning new main dining room with glass vaulted entrance links and a completely new kitchen.

Bringing The Greenman back to life 

Our designers enhanced the external façade by repainting the building with subtle cream and green hues of colour to blend in within its rural setting. We designed a new raised garden terrace with an authentic sandstone finish, which wraps around the entire rear and sides of the building providing ample opportunity for the patrons to enjoy the resplendent views.

Our architectural team undertook the sensitive restoration with the full support of Chelmsford City Council’s planning and conservation team and designed a vast new extension wing totalling 300m2.

We created a sophisticated dining room that envelopes the entire rear of the pub, alongside housing a modern kitchen and back of house facilities in the central hub, perfectly positioned to service both the bar and dining rooms situated on opposite sides of the building.

The 90-cover dining room wing incorporates two new core buildings, which are connected together via modern glass links. These consist of full floor to ceiling windows and an uninterrupted vaulted glass ceiling maximising the natural daylight that penetrates into the corner structures.

The 21metre long dining hall is visually broken up by two grand wood burning stoves and taking centre stage is a handcrafted oak communal table. Arched oak beams enhance the overall rustic ambience of the space.

Located upstairs in the heart of the pub are a series of private dining rooms, each of which create a ‘home from home’ for the Greenman diner. The interior design of each space reflects the pub’s sponsor partners, as well as the period and location of the property. This is translated through the carefully selected materials and fabrics such as authentic tartan curtains and traditional leather seating.

Inspired by ancient English folklore, our branding team created a unique identity for the pub using bold illustration to amplify the traditional roots of  ‘The Greenman’ design.

The striking green and gold colour palette applied in the Galvin Greenman logo, signage and print collateral were developed to compliment the concept’s interior scheme, creating an integrated visual experience.

 

 

 

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Sourced Market WINNER at the Retail Week Interior Awards 2016

Last week our designers attended this year’s Retail Week Interior Awards – celebrating the best in the retail store design and fit-out sector.

We’re extremely pleased to announce that our work for Sourced Market picked up the award for ‘Best Leisure Food & Drink Shop.’

Congratulations to our design team, client and colleagues who were all involved in the award winning project.

Read more about Sourced Market here

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Galvin at Centurion Club, St Albans

Galvin at Centurion Club is the latest venture from Michelin starred chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin.

We created a brand identity for the restaurant, which included a set of bespoke menus, stationery and a refined logo design.

Our designers applied gold and silver foiling across the collateral creating a high-end finish, which seamlessly captures the essence of the Galvin brand.

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Come Dine With The Twits

Last month we visited the hidden chambers of London’s Waterloo station for a glorious and gruesome evening hosted by Roald Dahl’s most grotesque couple – The Twits.

On arrival we were greeted by curious cocktails invented by the talented mixologists at Bompas and Parr, we were then shortly whisked off to The Twit’s famous ghastly garden where we were left to sample the delights of cold spaghetti worms, glue soup, pigs ears and Bloody Mary glazed chicken hearts all washed down with a refreshing ‘Sting & Tonic’.

The hideous couple then made their grand entrance into the garden inviting us to join them in their windowless house for an ‘extra special’ banquet to celebrate the renewal of their wedding vows.

In the dining hall we were served Mr Twit’s notorious bird pie, accompanying the feathered fare was six-legged slaw, muddied spuds and bubbling parsley liquor. While we feasted upon the first course the characters of Mr and Mrs Twit performed hilarious and horrible antics alongside their captive Muggle-wump monkeys.

After polishing off our ‘Terrible’ trifles, the dramatic finale for Mr and Mrs Twit took place, ending the show in a familar style to Dahl’s original book.

The immersive experience ingeniously captured the weird and wonderful world of Roald Dahl’s books, challenging our senses at every stage of the show.

If you’re a Roald Dahl fan we would definitely recommend booking in a dinner with The Twits before the dining experience ends on the 30th October

For more details visit twitsdinner.com

In celebration of Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday ‘Dinner at the Twits’ is a new collaboration between Les Enfants Terribles Theatre Company, ebp and culinary geniuses Bompas & Barr.

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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.

Please get in touch to find out more about our branding services 

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