This luxury restaurant, Bronte, opened on London’s Strand has been making waves in the design world, as does anything that Tom Dixon does really. Is there anything this man can do that the public won’t adore?!
Design Research Studio (DRS) has created the interiors for a new bar and luxury restaurant on The Strand, London under the creative direction of Tom Dixon.
Taking inspiration from Admiral Nelson, Duke of Bronte, who stands upon the square’s famous Nelson’s Column, and Victorian explorers, the restaurant’s interiors are marked by a pink concrete bar, a green granite kitchen and a pewter cocktail bar.
The Regency-era building has a Portland stone facade, traditional colonnade terrace and two-storey arched windows on the outside.
According to Dezeen, custom design furniture with green leather and black timber booths stretch throughout the main restaurant below walls adorned with shelves featuring historical objects dating back to the 16th century. Set to resemble a ‘“collector’s house”, the items are arranged into themed groupings of nautical, botanical and geological in different sections of the venue, marked by unique colour palettes.
“We’ve added some fixed architectural elements like a big pink concrete bar at the front and a big pewter bar at the back, both of which are substantial and will age gracefully and bed in,” Dixon told Dezeen. “I like things that feel like they have a sense of permanence, and I think that place demands it really.”
“The trick with bar and restaurant design really is durability, and to try and find materiality that benefits from a bit of wear and tear.” – Tom Dixon
Serving international cuisine, Bronte is the second venue Dixon has designed for Adam and Trevor Davies after Circus, a London bar and modern restaurant that also incorporates cabaret-style acts.
Bronte’s theme of historical travel and exploration comes in the form of a cabinet of curiosities – a way of displaying collections of objects that emerged in the 16th century.
“I thought we’d tie it down to this idea of creating collections and going around the world in ways that people did in Nelson’s time, whether that was Darwin, or people going on grand tours of Europe collecting things,” said Dixon.
Bronte is Dixon’s biggest standalone restaurant so far. His previous interiors projects include Paris restaurant Éclectic, which combines raw, industrial concrete surfaces with tactile brass, marble and leather details.