Entwined Plasterwork and Caviar

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Founded in 1927 in Paris, the fabled caviar house and private club reopened its London outpost at a new location off Mayfair’s Curzon Street in 2019. Promoting the ‘art of caviar’, the lavish interiors are a magnet for the fashionable, famous and high-flying – from Beyoncé to Tom Ford – who come for the ambiance as much as the infamous four-figure caviar-coated baked potatoes.

The brief:
Caviar Kaspia wanted to stamp a real sense of luxury on their cocktail bar, restaurant, private dining room, hallways and bedrooms. They commissioned us to create and install new designs that conveyed a sense of pure hedonism.

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Bespoke plasterwork patterns being hand dressed…

The different zones needed their own individual treatments, but had to speak in the same language to present a cohesive whole. Spot the triglyphs subtly included throughout the entire club as a uniting device.

The restaurant demanded a bold statement, and we designed a scheme from scratch with completely bespoke elements, working closely with the interior architects to adhere to their vision. We raided our archive and hand-picked suitable mouldings, recreating some and adapting them to the space. The room’s cornicing is a modern take on a traditional gothic pattern, framing a stand-out ceiling with classically decorated beams and hand-inserted bosses. This proved a challenge as the room’s dimensions weren’t true and our silicon moulds needed to be stretched and shaped by hand to produce a pristine finish. It worked.

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The restaurant also featured a dazzling white plaster ceiling with an elaborate Vitruvian wave, each applied individually by hand with floral bosses. The ceiling cleverly concealed access panels allowing for easy entry into the roof cavity.

For the sophisticated Cocktail Bar, we used the structural post in the centre of the room as a starting point, designing a feature ceiling inspired by Jacobean plasterwork but in a modern style that fans out and swirls around the ceiling. With a capacity of only thirty guests, it feels intimate and plush but stylish and exclusive.

The main staircase featured an iconic Greek key pattern, updated in a bold and modern way, while in the intimate private dining room we installed a pared-back, simple cornice against a plain ceiling to not detract from good conversation.

Finally, in the ten private bedrooms, we created series of calmly classic floral cornices and feature ceilings to soothe people gently to sleep.

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