Hovering arches harking back to these seen in Ricardo Bofill’s La Fabrica characteristic on this decadent restaurant in St James, London designed by inventive director John Whelan.
Whelan – who leads artist collective The Guild of Saint Luke – informed Dezeen that, previous to his intervention, Maison François merely regarded like “one large concrete dice”.
The materiality of the area instantly inspired Whelan to base his interiors scheme round La Fabrica – an deserted cement manufacturing unit simply exterior of Barcelona that Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill remodeled into workplaces for his observe in 1973.
The interiors of the restaurant are impressed by Ricardo Bofill’s La Fabrica
“I all the time attempt to discover a inventive route that respects the DNA of the constructing, and this felt applicable,” stated Whelan.
“Moreover, the shopper wished to reference historic brasseries however create a up to date model – additionally mirrored within the meals.”
Arched recesses have been made within the restaurant’s terracotta partitions
The outside of Bofill’s La Fabrica is notably punctuated with hovering arched home windows. These have been reinterpreted inside Maison François, which boasts terracotta-coloured stucco partitions inset with shallow arch-shaped recesses.
“La Fabrica might be the best dwelling that I’ll in all probability by no means go to, and so the arches have been a type of ‘homage’ to that fantastic creation,” defined Whelan.
Tubular chandeliers cling from the restaurant’s ceiling
Walnut has been used to craft the restaurant’s seating banquettes – their latticed backs are impressed by the pews in Germany’s modernist Maria Heimsuchung church, which Whelan got here throughout in a images sequence by Robert Goetzfried.
Chairs have been upholstered in creamy linen to match the color of the lacquered-wood eating tables. Tubular chandeliers have additionally been suspended from the ceiling, which has been completed with a faux-cement patina.
The seating banquettes are crafted from walnut wooden
Mahogany has been used to craft a latticed hood above the open kitchen, the place dishes that draw upon conventional French delicacies can be ready.
Meals can be served by each cooks and waiters, an try by the restaurant to diffuse the everyday boundaries between entrance and back-of-house operations.
“Maison François can be all the things a brasserie needs to be – welcoming, enjoyable and hospitable, with traditional dishes made with the perfect seasonal produce we are able to get our fingers on – while additionally ripping up the rulebook with regards to service,” stated the restaurant’s founder, François O’Neill.
An enormous clock sits above the restaurant’s open kitchen
On the centre of the hood is a large clock that Whelan had made bespoke from patinated nickel and bronze.
Weighing half a ton, the grills on the aspect of the clock are supposed to subtly mirror those who characteristic on the entrance of classic Rolls Royce vehicles, usually seen exterior the restaurant on the prosperous streets of St James.
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“The clock is a traditional of historic brasserie design, and may be discovered all over the world from Bouillon Julien in Paris to Fischer’s in London,” added Whelan.
“We wished to have this iconic focus however with our personal model.”
Beneath the restaurant is a wine bar referred to as Frank’s
Stairs lead all the way down to Maison François’ adjoining wine bar, referred to as Frank’s. This area is meant to have a barely extra industrial really feel, so has been accomplished with uncovered white-brick partitions, polished concrete flooring and black-leather seating.
Bofill’s La Fabrica is referenced once more at this degree however this time within the type of arched mirror wall panels.
White-brick partitions give the wine bar a extra industrial look
John Whelan established The Guild of Saint Luke in 2017, working with artists, artisans and designers to revive and revive historic French brasseries.
Earlier this 12 months Whelan overhauled Parisian eatery Nolinski, filling its interiors with artwork deco-inspired particulars like gold-leaf “sunburst” columns.
Images is by Oskar Proctor.