Take a break during the London Design Festival

From the East End to the West End interior design treats in the British capital

by Malcolm Clark
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The London Design Week is fast approaching and our staff have selected three restaurants where you can take a break without losing contact with the reason you decided to visit the British capital during this frantic week of Design. Indeed these restaurants-cum-bars-cum-cafés-cum-shops not only offer exquisite food, but also distinguish themselves for their originality and for the special care taken over their interior design.

Pitfield, designed by Shaun Clarkson, and Maison Trois Garcons, whose interiors have been designed by the same team that manages restaurant-cum-shop, Les Trois Garcons, are two examples in which whimsical vintage pieces of furniture are composed together creating a play of colours and styles.

The restaurant Dabbous, by Brinkworth interior design, on the other hand proposes a chic and minimal environment by employing few selected materials that redesign the space of an abandoned industrial building.

Pitfield - Old street

Designed by interior designer Shaun Clarkson, in collaboration with the textile designer Paul Brewster, Pitfield is a space that contains within its premises a bar, a store and an exhibition space.

The bar furnishing is characterized by a patchwork of recovered and adapted vintage pieces, just like the furniture and accessories on sale in the store.

To maintain a neutral environment and to make the whimsical objects stand out, the structure and the systems are left exposed, the floor is bare concrete and the perimeter wall is partially painted grey.

Maison Trois Garcons - Shoreditch

Maison Trois Garcons bears a partial affinity to Pitfield's design, adding to a restaurant space with a slightly retro taste, an exhibition/commercial space in which old pieces of re-adapted or restored furniture have been recovered.

The brickwork has been left visible and an old fireplace has been reused as an element to display objects.

In the entrance hall, where part of the bar is located, the wood panelling of the walls and the floors  made with untreated wooden planks have been retained.

Dabbous - Tottenham Court Road

The restaurant is located inside the structure of an old workshop in Whitfield Street. Unlike the other two examples, the designers Adam Brinkworth and Kevin Brennan have adopted a sober and minimal style. Working on the interior finish, the architects have mainly used materials such as steel, reeded glass, exposed concrete and wire mesh, which recreate a cold industrial atmosphere.

A partition wall, created with a metal mesh, divides the bar space from that of the restaurant and at the same time can be used for hanging bags and coats that also create an acoustic buffer between the two environments.

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    Pitfield 20

    Pitfield

    London / United Kingdom / 2012

    Maison Trois Garcons 84

    Maison Trois Garcons

    London / United Kingdom / 2011

    Dabbous 55

    Dabbous

    London / United Kingdom / 2012