The ‘Felix’ Experience
Following a successful partnership on Felix Seafood Grill, we were appointed once again by Chef Stephen Li to undertake the Architecture, Branding and Interior Design for his latest venture in Essex.
Our brief for the project was to turn an uninspiring building into a luxurious and exceptionally unique all-day dining venue, which reflects the high-quality and sophisticated persona of the Felix brand.
The result is an elegant fusion of interior and exterior design that signals a contemporary approach for dining destinations outside of London.
A sculptural helical staircase crowned with a striking chandelier of knitted wire orbs captivates guests as they enter the restaurant. The bespoke lighting creation, created by Brighton based artists Steven and Amanda Follen, references a subaquatic feel which has become a dominant design narrative throughout the scheme.
A calm palette of marine greens, blues and indulgent textures make up the ground floor restaurant interior with opulent touches such as brass nets enclosing the intimate round seating booths. The dark ceiling is clad with playful waved fins that alter the guest’s perception as their Felix journey unfolds.
The Powder Room
The restaurant restrooms do not hold back on luxury, the walls are adorned with dramatic floral embossed wallpaper, the basins are sculpted from dense Brazilian black slate to form rock pools within the strata.
Beautiful brass wear delivers a striking contrast against the authentic black stone; sitting alongside plush pink tones of velvet upholstery that create a sumptuous and feminine aesthetic.
Felix Cafe Lounge
The first floor creates an alternative ambience. Providing an all-day dining space, it has a more relaxed setting where natural light floods through the new windows illuminating the imposing copper clad oval bar. Customers will find the bar dressed with homemade pastries and other breakfast delights to accompany the artisan coffee and fresh juices on offer.
In the evening, the space transitions into a sumptuous cocktail bar serving speciality spirits, craft beers, sake and cocktails. Rich materials coupled with a ‘dusk sky’ ceiling and stunning art installations create an intoxicating and exciting ambience for guests.