Under the creative direction of Tom Dixon, Design Research Studio (DSR) has taken on the interiors for Bronte, a new restaurant located on the Strand. Overlooking Trafalgar Square, the restaurant takes inspiration from the history of the Strand, Victorian explorers and extraordinary collectors - itself a lavish cabinet of curiosities. It will be DRS’s first standalone restaurant since they launched Eclectic, Paris in 2014.
Bronte boasts striking architectural features which include an arched glazed façade leading from the traditional colonnade terrace into a double heighted space with a mezzanine level and intimate dining room towards the back. Floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the pantry area in natural light, with a subtle, stylish palette flowing through to the main restaurant.
Against a neutral backdrop, sit large feature elements in extraordinary materials and colours – a pink concrete breakfast bar, a green granite kitchen and pewter cocktail bar, custom-designed furniture with green leather and black timber booths – each celebrating a different part of the eclectic all-day food and drink offering.
Elements of a ‘collector’s house’, with treasures from further afield, run throughout the design. Each area uses colours and ‘cabinet of curiosities’ characteristics to create its own personality, with remarkable materials used generously and boldly.
Standout Tom Dixon products featuring at Bronte include:
FADE: A cluster of gold Fade pendants that sits over the dining booths, the fading metallised surfaces referencing heat and smoke rising from the kitchen. Fade’s teardrop shape focusses the lightbulb’s output into a satisfyingly round and luminous circle, acting as the ultimate oversized spotlight. The graduated finish is extraordinary - morphing from an entirely reflective to transparent surface in an even fade along the body of light.
CURVE: A new geometrical light that pushes the boundaries of thin sheet etched metal fabrication. With its microscopic precision-pierced surface and soft nickel silver coating, Curve internally reflects and emits a filtered glow of ethereal light.
PLANE WALL: A large grid of Plane wall lights in the ceiling coves throughout the restaurant. Minimalist yet expressive, the Plane wall lamp is constructed from two interlocked square brass-plated frames that enclose a double-layered white glass sphere. Plane wall emits a soft, ambient light and can be used in multiple configurations – either on the wall or the ceiling.
Tom Dixon is a British product design brand that runs on a commitment to innovation and a mission to revive the British furniture industry. The brand is inspired by the nation’s unique heritage and produces extraordinary spaces and extraordinary objects for everyday use.
After their soft opening in July, Bronte is now open to general public, who will undoubtedly be amazed and delighted by the medley of innovative design and, of course, fantastic fare.
Tom Dixon; tomdixon.net