We are delighted to share that Dexter Moren Associates have been shortlisted for the Bar/Club/Lounge and the Restaurant Within a Hotel Awards in the Design et al The International Hotel & Property Awards 2017 for our design of The Distillery bar and the OXBO restaurant at Hilton London Bankside.
Working in conjunction with Twenty2Degrees as lead interior designers for this flagship Hilton London Bankside hotel, the client detailed a restaurant & bar (R&B) brief covering materials and performance, with the DMA interior design team developing the design concept.
The Distillery occupies a site that used to house a renowned 1800’s essence factory; the Stevenson & Howell’s Standard Works. This narrative plays a major role in the design of the space. There are hints of ‘old world charm’ detailing around the bar décor, such as the glittering display of seltzer bottles and coloured glass soda siphons from Argentina. The elongated rich green leather Chesterfield sofas and fumed oak parquet flooring resemble the elegance of a 1930’s gentlemen’s drinking club. These elements are complemented by the earthy masculine hues of the bronze effect detailing throughout and the vibrant William Morris inspired carpets. The space is harmoniously balanced with low level ambient decorative lighting throughout, while the barrelled ceiling provides a bold statement and height to the bar. Reclaimed finishes take precedence over artworks, such as the unique ‘penny wall’ which tells the story of a coin pressing factory that once occupied a nearby warehouse.
The OXBO is a destination all-day dining restaurant working from day to night serving a breakfast buffet for hotel guests and an a la carte menu during the day and evening. The main design challenge was to retain the 168-cover restaurant’s buzz throughout the day and evening. Decorative perforated steel screens provide privacy in the relatively large space as well as being strategically positioned to allow guests to be grouped within smaller areas. Merging the rustic location with nostalgic details and contemporary elegance; a pressed tin ceiling presents a bold statement, oak panelling adds warmth and the hexagonal black and white floor tiles contrast with parquet flooring. Original art works include a ghost mural painted by Diarmuid Bryon-O’Connor, this pays homage to the industrial trade hub and a menagerie of papier-mâché animal heads by David Farrer are mounted on the walls, these are a playful contemporary take on old world English decor.
From a hotel guest’s point of view, both the Distillery and OXBO mark a design departure and evolution from the traditional aesthetic of the Hilton brand R&B offering, with both concepts embracing different facets of their neighbourhood heritage as the primary source of design inspiration. This artisan approach combined with both outlets having their own independent street entrances, encourage local customers to treat them as a destination venues. The outdoor pedestrianised area also doubles up as an attractive patio area for eating and drinking al-fresco in the summer months.