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Designing For Fine Dining: Interview With Faber Design

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Faber Design have recently completed two fantastic fine dining venues: The Oyster Club in Birmingham and The Bracebridge in Sutton Coldfield. In this short interview with Faber Design we explore the secrets behind successful fine dining design.

1. In a restaurant where the focus is on the menu, how can the design help to emphasise the food rather than distract from it?

We don’t just design interiors, we like to work with the chef, or owner, to design a whole concept and identity that is reflected through not only the food and the interior design but also the menu, staff uniforms and even the music.

2. Fine dining venues can sometimes feel uptight and intimidating, what touches have you added to make diners feel relaxed?

At The Oyster Club this was an important aspect of the design as the concept required ‘walk-in’ trade. With the ‘oyster bar’ ‘the visible element it had to be enticing from the street.

Faber Design - Oyster Club - LR-10White marble, light oak & oyster pink tiles at The Oyster Club

Soft ‘oyster pink’ hued tiles and ‘wave like’ patterned fabric wall coverings give a warm and inviting feel. While white marble and light oak create the elegant curves of the bar, providing relaxed separations between diners.

3. Fine dining is about creating a special experience; what design details have you added to create the feeling you’re eating somewhere special?

We consider what are the key features that make each restaurant special and then create a design that emphasises and enhances these aspects.

Faber_The Bracebridge_LR-14Mirrors & Art Deco features at The Bracebridge

At The Bracebridge for example, subtle nuances of art deco add an extra dimension of timeless glamour and full height mirrors not only create a sense of space but also add extra views of the beautiful Bracebridge Pool from all tables.

4. The Oyster Club had to enable the owner’s vision of live oyster shucking in front of customers - how does the design facilitate this?

At the centre of the design is a huge, curved oyster bar that is visible from the street - reserved solely for walk-in customers to dine casually at the bar amongst the oyster shucking.

We also installed a  huge hanging mirror to reflect and make a statement of the ice bed of oysters that lie in wait.

Faber Design - Oyster Club - LR-16

5. The Bracebridge is set within the splendour of Sutton Park and has stunning lakeside views; how do the interiors complement rather than compete with them?

It was crucial to capture the essence of the park’s beauty throughout the design and bringing the outside in was always key.

Inspiration for colour palettes and textures was taken from surrounding foliage and vistas to create inspiring and inviting spaces. Bespoke leaf prints and artwork of the lake were commissioned to add extra levels of personality and celebrate the much-loved place.The Bracebridge interiors

Externally, the view obviously provided the perfect backdrop to The Terrace. The design was purposefully kept simple so not to detract but enhance the natural landscape. Hut-style fixed seating frames carefully selected views over the pool, while rows of picnic style benches sat under retractable canopies are furnished with branded cushions and blankets.

Faber The Bracebridge

6. What is your favourite piece of furniture in each design & why do they work in each space?

Faber The Bracebridge interior

The wicker dining chair at The Bracebridge as it is just so simple, yet so timeless and elegant. It suits the venue perfectly.

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It has to be the bespoke bar stools at The Oyster Club. They are the first thing you see and adding the stitching detail to the back really makes a statement.

View more information about the furniture specified in both projects here: The Oyster Club or The Bracebridge. Alternatively you can browse our full range of furniture for fine dining restaurants.

Fine Dining Gallery

The Oyster Club interiors

The Oyster Club

The Oyster Club interiors

The Oyster Club

The Oyster Club interiors

The Oyster Club

The Oyster Club interiors

The Oyster Club

The Oyster Club interiors

The Oyster Club

The Oyster Club interiors

The Oyster Club

The Bracebridge interiors

The Bracebridge

The Bracebridge interiors

The Bracebridge

The Bracebridge interiors

The Bracebridge

The Bracebridge interiors

The Bracebridge

The Bracebridge interiors

The Bracebridge

The Bracebridge interiors

The Bracebridge

Photography by Handover Agency.

Topics: Interior design interviews, Project focus

By Paula Stanbridge-Faircloth Paula Stanbridge-Faircloth on 28/05/19 14:56
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