DESIGN RESEARCH STUDIO DESIGN CRAFT LONDON AT GREENWICH PENINSULA
Design Research Studio, under the creative direction of Tom Dixon, has created Stevie Parle’s new restaurant, Craft London, at Greenwich Peninsula.
Craft London will house three floors of culinary surprise and excellence. Kicking off with a café and roastery in October 2014, a new restaurant and rooftop bar will follow this spring. Craft London focuses on quality in production, collaborating with modern experts, fanatics and obsessives, to create world class products through the roasting of coffee, smoking of fish, bee keeping, meat curing, fermentation of vegetables and the creation of a contemporary kitchen garden within the new green oasis coming to the Peninsula.
Located in the new pavilion by Marks Barfield Architects situated at the entrance to a new public garden (also designed by DRS), Design Research Studio sought to contrast the hardness of the building’s glazed facade with soft elements and the clean modern lines with organic patterns and natural materials.
Design Research Studio’s key aim was to use the interior to reflect and complement Stevie Parle’s cooking, known for its use of British produce, unique combinations and strong ingredients. Wherever possible materials have been used in an extraordinary and installed by specialist crafts people and manufacturers.
The ground floor Café features a brick-clad wood-burning bread oven surrounded by a hand-made
glazed brick countertop and tables with handmade glazed enamel tops. The Restaurant on the first floor offers expansive views of the kitchen and will feature a pewter bar with a steel and aluminium bottle display. Seating areas will include oversized and sumptuous velvet banquettes for larger groups and a double height blue wall in traditional Moroccan plaster will be a key design highlight within the space. The Rooftop Bar welcomes guests to uninterrupted views of the Peninsula and Canary Wharf. The large curved pewter bar with suspended copper storage contrasts with the upholstered leather walls and seating wrapped around the elliptical core with a carpeted ceiling tinged with a watercolour inspired motif.