Berkeley Square, London
A shoal of Frank Gehry’s fish lamps are suspended above the 10 metre long bar with Damien Hirst’s mermaids perched at each end. Glinting like golden fish scales below them is the sweeping bar front made by Tony Sandles Glass. We rather felt we were swimming with the big fish on this project!
The aquatic themed interior is an extravagant transformation from a Nat West banking hall by designers MBDS for whom we created some seriously dark smokey mirrors. These were commissioned as feature inserts in the restaurant wall panelling, edging the central columns, encircling the ceiling murals, and lining the banquette screens. The waiter stations and the long banquette privacy screens also echo the elegant design of the feature bar with its golden ribbed mirror panels.
Downstairs over 70 square metres of our bespoke cloudy antiqued mirrors contribute to the theatrical subaquatic atmosphere. Leading the way are antiqued mirror panels acting as a moody veneer on the staircase walls, on the ceiling of the lobby corridor, in the lift and book-ending the wine chiller cabinets. Here the green hues of the marble floor give way to a seaweed motif carpet where our mirrors are used as intersecting panels in the Coral Reef Private Dining Room. Completing the underwater illusion the ladies and gents WCs enchantingly reflect the backlit onyx wall panelling in the cloudy patterned mirrors entirely cloaking all the ceilings.