22 Wardour St
2018 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards
Best Standalone Restaurant
A concept developed by Robin Leigh and Studio Glitt, the interior comprises an eclectic mix of modern, culturally iconic bric-a-brac from Tokyo.
Bridport oversaw the procurement of reclaimed Japanese doors and windows, for subsequent reconfiguration into a ceiling finish and wall screen respectively. No two floors have the same theme and no two surfaces have the same finish – the original fabric of the Soho building is disguised by authentic fish flags, manga comics, Japanese newspapers, beer cans, old electronic stereos….and inconceivably, a Daihatsu van is now re-purposed as a DJ booth! A wall of Japanese pachinko machines (all of them in working order) adorns part of the basement. Genuine silk kimonos have been adapted to form part of the colourful upholstery in the basement.
Notwithstanding the procurement challenges, we also heavily remodelled the building with newly supported floors, new staircase in a fire-rated glass enclosure, and a fully equipped catering kitchen. All aspects of our expertise were called upon, including the carving of decorative Japanese masks by one of our specialist wood workers.