Lanes of London’s stylish brand & design by Blacksheep
London-based architects and interior designers, Blacksheep, have designed the Lanes of London project. Completed in 2014, the brand new restaurant and bar is located on the cusp of London’s infamous Park Lane.
The restaurant and bar, which officially opened on the 17 January, takes inspiration from its diverse and vibrant surroundings. From Portobello’s eclectic café culture to the exotic air of Edgware Road, overlaid with some quintessential, old-fashioned British heritage, Lanes of London translates the vast cultural identity that the city is renowned for.
Blacksheep was involved with developing the entire concept including the luxury restaurant’s identity, culinary direction and menu’s as well as interior design.
Tim Mutton, Blacksheep founder, said: “What has been so special about this project is the fact that its on our very doorstep and is a true reflection of the vibrant culinary world that London has to offer. As a proud Londoner myself, it has been really exciting to be involved in the whole journey from driving the concept right through to the design.”
The design team first approached the project by creating a visual identity for the brand, seeking to highlight the venue’s location as well as the origins of the building, a late Edwardian mansion block designed by Frank Verity in 1800s.
Passers-by can catch their first glimpse into the venue through its large bay windows, framing the experience itself and are further drawn in by it’s grand entrance flanked by a enlarged branded flag and signage, capturing the essence of the venue’s prestigious location.
On entry, a dramatic grey curtain is drawn back to reveal a glowing fireplace illuminated by an array of flickering candles, creating a warm welcome for the guest. A dark timber bar, dressed with a white calacatta marble top also provides a striking first impression of the L shaped room that curves around to a reveal a lavish restaurant with a wide choice of varied and different seating areas. The use of antiqued screens made from seeded and coloured glass help to draw the guest through the space and assist with the zoning and intimacy of different seating areas.
Common materials used to reinforce the heritage of the concept include bevelled mirrors, timber panelling with aged brass bead running through and timber-patterned floors. Artwork by upcoming artist Jeremy Houghton and old-fashioned humorous caricatures also help to reflect the contrast of old and new within the concept.
Images courtesy of Blacksheep
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