LOT collaborated with Transit Studio to design the Royal Academy of Arts courtyard bar and seating area. A vibrant and playful mix of bright colours and materials appropriate for the summer have been used for the scheme which sits outside the front of the gallery. A new cafe kiosk is clad in blue mirror stainless steel and reflects the historic surroundings as well as the ever-changing central sculpture. Splatter enamel table tops reference the activity that takes place within the RA schools and workshops.
Royal Academy of Arts Cafe
To coincide with the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts, LOT collaborated with Transit Studio to reimagine the RA Café in the Grade II listed Burlington House. This architectural and interior design collaboration has resulted in a lighter and brighter space inside the Academy, as well as a new outdoor bar for use in the summer months. It will be occupied by restauranteur Oliver Peyton (of Sodexo), a judge on the BBC’s Great British Menu.
The new café is inspired by the murals that adorn the Academy walls, particularly the bright colours of Leonard Rosoman’s artworks. It has been created as warm and welcoming space that has its own identity but feels part of the gallery and art school it sits within. The main space has been opened up to provide better access to a range of service areas and eliminate the queuing issues that plague popular cultural venues.
LOT worked with Transit Studio to select a variety of rich and playful materials to use across the space to define an informal setting that will delight RA visitors while they take a break from the busy galleries. Bespoke communal dining tables and ledges create a unified design language across the café and inspire interactions between guests, while a ten-seat table in the lobby – comprised of terrazzo and marble with a circular pattern – can be used for parties or individuals. Individual island counters have been used to suggest an indoor market, with canopies overhead and integrated illuminated signage, helping with clear wayfinding. The new café is respectful of the heritage of Burlington House and so the original mahogany parquet floor has been refurbished. The lighting has been greatly improved, including LEDs in ceiling coffers, minimal globe lights hanging from the ceiling, up lights highlighting window details and small colourful table lamps dotted around the café.
Peyton & Byrne Bakery
This beautiful retail space is home to Peyton & Byrne’s bakery run by acclaimed restauranteur Oliver Peyton. The Victorian building was previously a flower shop and now acts as an artisan bakery and café, located in the heart of bustling, beautiful Great Portland Street.
The concept for the bakery is centred around British craft. The client wanted to compliment their high quality food offer with an equally well considered interior. Glazed white, green and grey ceramic tiles clad the front of the counter trimmed with brushed brass. Oak framed, stacked display units create window display and partitions. Around the interior perimeter, a pattern woven wool banquette creates a cosy and comfortable seating area. Custom light shades made in Hackney hang in clusters over the counter and panelled oak is scalloped along the top to echo the Peyton and Byrne doilie logo.
Custom furniture was made throughout. Table edges echo the doilie shape and chairs express and exaggerate their craftsmanship.
The client of this Mayfair mews residence approached LOT to create a custom interior that reflects his identity; influenced both by New York and London, as a contemporary art collector and with a passion for beautifully tailored clothes.
As a mews house the space is naturally divided into a series of small spaces arranged around a dominant, central staircase. LOT collaborated with Greenway architects and Mizzi Studio to create a dynamic architectural experience and highlighting the stair as a beautiful, helical sculpture. Other feature items include a faceted, bronze front door, a monochrome marble and red steel dining table and black oak bookcase with concealed door into an incredible art installation space.
Inspired by luxury, international retail environments the material palette adopts a tactile and contrasting sensitivity. Finishes include leather clad walls, soft wool, cork and linen wallpapers, industrial steel glazed partitions, highly laquered dark timber, honed bardiglio marble and calacutta oro marble.
Lot Studio collaborated with an Architect client on their house in Primrose Hill - consulting on the interior design and styling. The house is located in Chalcot Square, a colourful Regency square known as the home of many well known characters including Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.
The clients brief was for the interior to portray their personalities. Whilst respecting the period features we developed a strong and playful colour scheme which complimented their artwork and personal taste.
An eclectic mix of art, vintage, contemporary and found objects were curated to tell a story about the couple that runs through the house. Key features include a crimson red carpet runner that sweeps its way dramatically into the hallway and a handmade brass tiered chandelier that centres the formal, blue living room.
The Little Boltons is a private residence located in one of London’s most prestigious streets. The client approached Lot Studio to provide a series of functional yet playful environments - where family comes first. The studio’s approach was to play with strong silhouette forms, bold colour and a contrasting material palette.
On the ground floor a family lounge was realised with a giant, colourful cubic storage system, a two tiered play castle and a bespoke, curved ‘roly-poly’ sofa.
The lower ground floor was adapted to suit the family’s changing needs by creating an interconnecting, flexible entertaining space. The environment was inspired by its views onto the garden outside. A material palette of honest and rough, handmade bricks, burnt timber and light grey stained oak was contrasted with natural copper, indigo paint and mirror polished stainless steel.
Photography by Megan Taylor (http://www.megantaylor.co.uk/)
Circus is a unique restaurant which combines dining with cabaret and circus performance. A moveable, custom terrazzo ‘stage dining table’ seats 22 and doubles as the main stage.
Drawing inspiration from the surrealist art movement, the Circus interior plays with stripes, menagerie, mirror and glamorous ‘backstage’ lighting. Strong shapes and forms add to the performance such as the blue resin floor which wraps up into a triangle on the wall and stepping repeated on the stage, DJ booth and bar.
Elsewhen are a technology design studio working with global brands and startups, creating digital products. Elsewhen approached Lot Studio to design their new offices on Regents Canal in a waterside warehouse building.
The aesthetic was kept to a monochrome backdrop accented with colourful prints, planting and vintage lamps. Unique features include flexible work spaces including a flip down standing desk and a glazed meeting room with patterned valchromat media wall.
LOT was commissioned to design the architectural alterations and interior of a Victorian terraced house in Chiswick for an artist and her family. The work involved architectural alterations to extend the ground floor, convert the attic space and add a fourth bedroom onto the rear of the house. An open plan space, new skylight and bi-folding doors onto the garden contributed to a light filled, contemporary living space.
Key original features were retained and refurbished such as the stained glass window in the front door, cornicing, two fireplaces and the original floorboards. These Victorian details create a dynamic contrast to the contemporary, Scandanavian inspired interior.
Custom designed fixtures include two patterned, timber headboards made from reclaimed timber, a yellow fireplace, playful children’s storage and the main kitchen storage unit, which was designed as a stand alone cabinet in walnut.