Universal Design Studio/Barber Osgerby won the project to work with the architect John Pawson on inserting a restaurant and members room at the new Design Museum.
My role was as Project Lead for Universal Design Studio/Barber Osgerby where we worked for over three years conceiving and designing these two different spaces, including carefully choosing appropriate furniture.
The main restaurant on the second floor was an amazing opportunity to give diners dazzling views both over the treetops and over the atrium. The light was crucial as the reflective surfaces and sweeping edges of the bars provided optimum reflection. The mirrors reflected the treetops of Holland Park to extend the space. The colour palette was calming dark blue, forest green and stained oak.
Working with Benchmark to design and install bespoke pewter bars and specialist furniture gave both spaces a very specific atmosphere. The restaurant was light and airy whilst by contrast the members bar dark and cosy – yet both felt connected to the park.
Barber Osgerby designed the Bellhop lamp with Flos, a wireless rechargeable table lamp, which shifted the feeling of the space in the evening.
On the bar tops we installed the Castiglioni 1962 Taccia Lamp, designed in the same era as the original building and similarly we chose for the dining room the Artek Domus chair by Tapiovaaraia, stained a distinctive blue finish.