This was my first introduction to the world of Hawksmoor restaurants, the attention to detail and consideration makes them one of the hardest and most rewarding clients in equal measure.
Taking a first floor site overlooking the iconic shopping street from beautiful arched windows, the designers facing an awkward space, comprising of a ridiculously long room with incredibly low ceilings, set about compartmentalizing into rooms and spaces. Each with a beautiful stepped fibrous corniced ceiling completely in keeping with the original facade. It was obvious to go back to the old methods and use hand made cold cathode tubes to light each cornice with a wonderfully soft warm light.
Then we set about lighting the bar and restaurant using just table lamps and a few reclaimed brass wall lights on columns - no downlights in this period space! The long task of creating a family of beautiful ribbed glass banquet seating lights, bar top table lamps, bathroom vanity mirror lights, all fashioned in solid brass by hand and following authentic period manufacturing - these lights where made to last forever.
The project was completed by the design of a pair of tiffany glass chandeliers inspired by the NYC Grand Central station pendants. these hang over the sweeping marble and ebony staircase that takes you down to street level.
This was one of the hardest and the most beautiful projects i have every worked on and one i am most proud of!