• A Modern Take on a Grand Café


DesignLSM were commissioned to design the interiors and brand identity for Klosterhaus (part of D&D London) – creating a luxurious all-day dining destination that infuses the building’s spectacular heritage with a sleek and contemporary design.

Located in Bristol’s Cabot Circus, within a historic Grade 1 listed Quakers Friars building, Klosterhaus is a new sister restaurant to the iconic German Gymnasium in London composing of a ground floor and gallery restaurant, bar, event spaces and outdoor terrace.


The vision for the restaurant was inspired by the origins of the Grade I listed building which was originally built as a Quakers meeting house in 1747. The design takes its cues from the distinctive lines and shapes of the neo-classical architecture tying in subtle references to Bristol’s rich history whilst capturing the vibrant spirit of the European-mittel café scene.

A confident palette of cladded brass, warm timbers, stone and velvet upholstery adorned in rich tones of terracotta and deep greens was adopted to enhance and complement the original period features.

The bar has been designed to be the focal centrepiece of the space drawing diners in with its elegance and grandeur.

Design Results

The overall design sets bold features and luxurious finishes against a classical, simple backdrop, creating strong visual drama that gives way to a lively and glamorous Grand Café ambience. The designers have successfully crafted a sophisticated and glamorous interior that brings the meeting house back to life showcasing the luxury hospitality experience that the D&D brand is famed for.

“This project has been a real joy to work on. It is always a pleasure to collaborate with D&D and we have enjoyed researching and curating a design narrative that pays homage to the origins of the building and its locality – creating an exceptional space within an impressive historic monument.”
Tom Munson, Senior Designer, DesignLSM