Off the wall chicken shop Absurd Bird and interior design studio Shed have come together to create the latest absurd restaurant located in Bath.
Referencing the American state of Louisiana the restaurant exposes two sides of the South; Southern sharing vs Southern scaring. Upon arrival patrons are greeted with a vibrant facade clad with a plethora of playful patterns. Past the grinning facade lies a dark, de-saturated envelope referencing the sinister silhouettes and menacing forms of Southern Gothic cinema. Sitting within the looming shadows of the clad mezzanine is the vibrantly coloured central bar. Like an overly saturated version of a Kubrick horror the bar sits ominously within the space. The bar, thrashed in bright pink and turquoise is topped with a garishly clad over-bar only seen on the streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras; The over-bar; layered with crude patterns and strewn with ‘Mardi Gras Throws’ owns the space acting as the heart of the restaurant.
Shed and Splendid Restaurants come together creating a brand new restaurant offer going by the name Cha Chaan Teng. The new venture occupies over 300sqm and is located in the basement of The Club Quarters Hotel in Holborn, London.
The concept is inspired by the infamous Cha Chaan Teng culture of post war Hong Kong. With increased urbanization and an influx of western expats, Hong Kong saw a succession of cafes spring up providing locals with access to ‘western food’ otherwise only served in expensive hotel restaurants.
The original ChaChaanTeng cafes were fast paced establishments serving an eclectic and sometimes unlikely mix of ‘East meets West’ food. Splendid’s Cha Chaan Teng can be seen as the London reincarnation taking the concept full circle; a British interpretation of an Eastern reinterpretation of the Western cuisine. Confused? That’s all part of the charm and a theme that runs through the design, graphics, artworks, cocktails and food.
Shed worked with Kudos, a British film and TV company to refurbish their Clerkenwell offices. Set around the corner from Exmouth Market, the former Victorian warehouse acts as a hub for some of the leading productions on British television.
The brief was clear, to create a home from home for Kudos. A key objective was to create a naturally light and open communal workspace whilst enabling the writers to escape to a place of solace when needed.
Shed worked with Laurent D’Orey, founder of Orée Boulangeries, to open the first of their UK stores on the prestigious Fulham Road. The premium French artisan patisserie and boulangerie provides local residents with a fresh new offering of a French cafe style dining and takeaway options.
The concept for the store derived from the strong tradition and heritage of the French boulangerie. Inspiration for this concept is drawn from this ethos, as well as the simplicity of the ingredients, artistic craftsmanship of the baker and the beauty of the end product. It was important to Shed to celebrate these traditional values with a contemporary spin relevant to the newly founded and unique Orée brand.
Zelman Meats is the latest experimental venture from the renowned restaurant group Goodman; those behind the limited menu concept Burger & Lobster, the immense steakhouses Goodman and the exclusive Steak and King crab concept Beast. The site in Soho, tucked away on St Anne’s Court, has proved to be a challenging location in the past but it has also enabled the Goodman Group to bring a great steakhouse to the heart of Soho.
Shed set out to divide the vast 360sqm front of house area to include a private dining area, open kitchen, main restaurant area and bar area. Oversized oxblood leather booth seating sits alongside repurposed carrara marble table tops whilst overhead, mild steel luggage racks provide a playful yet practical solution for customers’ belongings. The theme of bold statements is again used internally through a number of conveniently placed immense blackboards which eliminate the need for conventional menu sheets. Whilst a series of mesh screens and wine cages assist in breaking up areas within the restaurant. Oversized weighty butchers block tables provide communal seating for large parties and lunchtime take away customers. The blacked out exposed services and array of salvaged industrial lighting create intimacy for each table.
The Office Group provides flexible spaces to meet and work across the UK. Shed wanted to reflect the progressive spirit of the Office Group movement and it’s new-start-up residents, which led to a desire for a new aesthetic. ‘Not another mid-century modern interior’ was much the starting point as was the challenge of transforming a 1980’s office block. We explored ‘Work In Progress’ – the workspace members involved in the making-of, and also an under-construction design approach, inspired by makeshift art and construction sites.
Given a dreary office block, the solution was to install pastel coloured ‘trays’ in high gloss mosaic resin, to define the clubroom and lounge areas and contain the new design within the existing building. The ply backed resin floor finish runs up the walls to form a low datum. Coloured paint chips layer with clear resin, like a new kind of terrazzo. The resin trays set new rules for the space, and create a new architecture within, without being precious of the building’s features. There were parallels with 80s art, particularly the Memphis movement, where colour, texture and shape clash in curiously wrong ways. This inspired a multi layered graphic approach yet the overall effect is timeless and contemporary. We battled tedium with a riot of immersive colour and texture, clean lines and graphic pattern.
Shed were commissioned by Chalhoub Group, the leading partner for luxury in the Middle East since 1955, to create an entire district for the world’s leading luxury shoe brands. The result is Level Shoe District in Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping mall. The completed spaces reveal a combination of creativity and luxury, paying homage to Shed’s passion for delivering progressive and unique retail experiences; the compelling 96,000 sqft metropolis houses 40 handpicked designer boutiques including Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, within a curated space of four multi-brand pavilions.
The sheer scale of the Dubai site required an ‘expo’ style approach with the creation of four distinct multi-brand areas; Women’s Designer, Contemporary, Men’s and Trend – each curated with an individual aesthetic, personality and ambience; These ‘pavilions’ deliver a diverse but engaging set of environments which sit comfortably together and culminate in a truly one-of-a-kind shoe-metropolis. The perimeter ‘skin’ was also a critical part of Shed’s design work and overall scheme; Fins around the border envelope the space and have a light yet robust fenestration, which, when softly lit, let the brands sing.
Shed have once again been commissioned by Chalhoub Group, the leading partner for luxury in the Middle East, to design their latest retail expansion for Level Shoe District. Shed’s task was to conceptualise and reinvent a complete new Men’s extension at the current Level Shoe District, previously designed by Shed back in 2012. Located within the world’s largest Shopping Mall, The Dubai Mall, Level Shoe District is a globally recognized destination for luxury footwear.
The new Men’s encompasses the rich variation and values of the modern day man with their strong sartorial appreciation of footwear and fashion. Harmonised within three zones: Designer Sneaker, Contemporary and Classic, and all contained within 3000 sq/ft footplate, it was vital to ensure coherence with the ‘Expo’ style approach of the existing space.
After building a cult following amongst burger officionardo's from the back of a food wagon, MEATliquor owners Scott Collins and Yianni Yianni Papoutsis approached Shed to evolve the brand, and translate the essence of the early incarnation into a permanent restaurant.
The concept had two simple ingredients, a no nonsense approach to the operation side of things mixed in with a unique approach born out of location. Add a large portion of debauch anarchy and this allowed Shed to develop a design language that is now synonymous with MEATliquor. Fast forward six years and Shed are now working on the 12th incarnation of MEATliquor, a journey that has taken the concept from London to Singapore and back again. From a pseudo sixteenth chapel, a HG wells garage, a debauch seaside pier, and a sea shanty in Singapore to name just a few of the unique concepts that have help establish MEATliquor not only as sector leader but also pioneers in a new arena.
After a year-long collaboration, Shed and Royal Warrant shirtmaker and clothier, Turnbull and Asser created a London home. Set across 3 floors – the 400sqm Mayfair site houses a showroom, lounge area and library for archive exhibits, consultation and buying spaces and floors dedicated to design studios and offices for this exemplary British brand.
The client’s original brief was to create an environment which will act as the house of Turnbull and Asser in London; a manifestation of the brand as it stands, as well as the direction in which it is moving. More than just conventional retail space or showroom – the Mayfair location had to embody the spirit of the original Jermyn street store, bringing a continued affinity between customers, clients and staff; all aspects of Shed’s scheme reflect the true spirit of Turnbull & Asser, always crafted, authentic and at times diverse with a little piece of eccentricity.
Shed’s brief was to manifest Hart’s vision of a mid-century modern utopia populated by the likes of Sinatra, Warhol and Kerouac, into a fresh and modern retail world for men.
The Spencer Hart Flagship is presented within a period, Neo Georgian building – a former bank situated on the corner of Mayfair’s Brook Street. Shed worked with many of the original features – including the opening up of the highly fenestrated windows, the impressive entrance portico and retained the high bank ceilings.
The result is however a world away, the environment rooted in the scrapbook of the Nick Hart, authentic in a memory of that place imagined.
Shed in conjunction with luxury goods retailer, William & Son, have worked together to create a new retail flagship in the heart of Mayfair. The 10,000sqm Mayfair site has, for the first time, brought together all of William & Son’s departments under one roof, from haute horlogerie to grand occasion silverware, cufflinks to fine homewares and bed linen, luggage in the highest quality leathers, backgammon sets and bespoke hand crafted shotguns.
Shed worked with William & Son eight years previous on the original Mount Street store. So when they were asked again to design a new home for William & Son it was no surprise that Shed jumped at the opportunity of a reunion.
The site is made up of five original buildings that have been configured to act as one floor plate. This gave Shed a design opportunity to create retail pockets that flow not only with the building but also with the product type.
Shed injected their creative originality into Wishbone – another unique London eatery set in Brixton’s indoor market. The project, a 170sqm fried chicken restaurant, follows Shed’s creation of MEATLiquor and MEAT Market, two of London’s hottest restaurant openings of 2011. William Leigh and Scott Collins (the latter, Co-Founder of MEATLiquor), invited Shed to reinvent the place that we eat fried chicken; the inspiration behind the design is heavily influenced and guided by the vibrant look and feel of the setting where some of the most exciting restaurants overlap with greengrocers and wig shops.
Brixton Market is now thriving with food outlets, each taking their cuisine and doing it particularly well. Wishbone takes fried chicken, part of the soul of Brixton, and delivers it back with care and style.
Shed wanted the design of the department to be synonymous with everything that Harrods stands for. They have created a dramatic space with a real sense of expectation which customers experience from the moment they arrive. The aesthetic draws inspiration from Art Deco and combines classicism with the spirit and true glamour of the Golden Era. This can be seen in every element of the environment, in the materials, colours, lighting and furniture as well as the architectural treatment of the space as a whole; Sorbet coloured marbles, solid brass fixtures and lacewood veneers are feminine and luxurious; the floor is a sleek, sparkling ice blue, glass composite, punctuated by Guggenheim-inspired brass trims that make sweeping curves and statement lines.
After completing the new showroom for Turnbull and Asser in 2014, Shed were asked by the brand to look at a new retail store, on Davies Street, Mayfair, London.
The brief was to create a sister store to the original Jermyn and Bury Street flagship, whilst adopting the new retail concept. A concept which was developed to embody the spirit of the original Jermyn street store, bringing a continued affinity between customers, clients and staff; all aspects of Shed’s scheme reflect the true spirit of Turnbull & Asser; authentic, always crafted, and, at times, diverse with a little piece of eccentricity.
The 110sqm space, spread over two floors, includes ready to wear retail on the ground floor and a bespoke lounge downstairs in the basement space. The original building, dating back to 1910, had many integral charming features which Shed felt must be kept and treasured to maintain the character of the space and emphasise this British brand’s heritage connections.
Shed continually helped define the role of each of Vertu’s channels – from store design to point of sale.
The key objective was to create environments that not only attracted customers but were also engaging and educational. The customer journey was defined and designed around these 3 key objective: ‘Attract’ enabled greater footfall within each store, ‘Engage’ helped customers to understand the product ranges and ‘Educate’ helped the story of the brand to be told using a number of interactive sales tools.
Shed designed The Zoo as a permanent home for gifting and objet d’art within the vast Level Shoe District in Dubai Mall. A concession born out of a need to give the discerning shoe shopper every conceivable extra. Sitting within the perimeter skin of brass fins also designed by Shed, the project was executed part library, gallery, jeweller, museum and toy shop.
In contrast to the eclectic pavilions of Level, the presentation of Zoo was more subtle and the perfect backdrop for letting products speak for themselves. A cool material palette of cement render, white oil oak boards and arctic white lacquer panels combine with shots of LED colour to give a calm interior with a vibrant edge.
The product spills out into the ‘trend’ corridor with an extension of Calacatta marble outcrops bringing retail into the District proper. Shed have designed a true destination within a destination.
Beneath Hotbox, is a 175sqm basement bar. Accessed via the shared, dimly lit staircase, Shed imagined the cocktail bar as an antidote to the ground floor restaurant Hotbox, a white box to contrast upstairs’ black. Paying homage to the site’s previous incarnation as a street art studio and gallery (rumoured to have been owned by Bristol’s most famous export), the clients evolving collection of artwork is simply hung behind white timber studwork to create a bold backdrop for the bar and midfloor.
The matter of fact attitude reminiscent of Warhols’ Factory parties has influenced the mismatched collection of midcentury furniture. Hoop and Condesa chairs sit alongside the infamous Togo sofa, whilst a collection of bespoke ottomans in clashing psychedelic velvets encourage large groups to descend from the restaurant and fawn over the cocktail menu. Light levels are kept low; the mirror polished bar top and silver foil bathrooms a not so subtle nod to the king of pop art.
Set across a 100sqm stand Shed’s design exhibits Barbour’s latest International ranges.
With a concept born from Barbour’s rich history in motorcycle clothing Shed set a scene reminiscent of a vintage bikers garage. Unlike the rough and rugged aesthetic identifiable to many of the Barbour store’s the stand takes on a much cleaner and elegant appearance demonstrating an emphasis on the Womenswear range.
A palette of off-whites and soft greys compliment materials of polished stainless steel, biscuit leather and reeded glass. The contrasting Menswear range shows a backdrop of industrial materials in raw metal, red brick and slab concrete.
Shed completed the re-design of the toy department for Harrods, London. The result is the Toy Kingdom – the second collaboration between Shed and Harrods following the completion of the Shoe Salon in 2011. The opportunity was for Shed to re-design the existing 15 year-old department, create a retail attraction and destination for toys, whilst offering unique experiences for visitors young and old. The finished concept had to reflect and reinforce Harrods as the world’s leading toy department and Shed has succeeded in the creation of a Toy Kingdom which is spell binding and provides a legacy for the future. The concept is timeless in its appeal, purposely allowing for brands to seamlessly integrate into an execution that is distinctly ‘Harrods’.
When you first read about Etat Libre d’Orange it sounds like a political manifesto, not a perfume brand. With this in mind, it was little wonder that Shed immediately fell in love not only with the story, but potential for the store environment. With a site on Redchurch Street in East London, confirmed for the London flagship, Shed set about transforming the 30sqm site into a thought provoking space that could live up to the intrigues and persona of this cult French brand.
The design of Etat Libre d’Orange is born out of a unique approach to perfume; each fragrance is treated as a personality that can be worn. Part science and part philosophy allowed Shed to play with the idea of a lab for personalities which was manifested in a concept of a tiled ‘shell’ with science stands to display product. Approaching the store very much as an installation, the centre of the room is a tiled lab table where selected fragrances express their personality and a dominant mural to the back of the space brings the sexually charged essence of the brand to the fore.
Fragrance stores don’t get any more unusual and Shed had a lot of fun with a limited space but a client without limits.
Leading digital PR agency, Bite Global, were looking to update their existing office space. The brief; to create a new working environment that would build on the “community” ethos promoted within the London HQ, whilst providing the cues to improve relationships with the broader team and clients worldwide.
The converted bus depot was transformed to vastly improve communication, foremostly “Biters” would not be forced to sit at their desk from 9 till 5, instead staff are encouraged to vary the pace of their day at one of the many working zones. Each zone is individually designed to specifically cater for a different way of working whether individually or as a team; these spaces are brought together cohesively by the introduction of large architectural elements and a bold graphic language that promotes the Bite philosophy and values.
Located in South London’s Gipsy Hill, the brief from The Capital Pub Company was to “Create a Home Away from Home”. It’s namesake, local architect Joseph Paxton, influenced the interior – a traditional palette with Victorian pattern painted at large scale across the floor, is brought into the 21st Century with an eclectic mix of reclaimed furniture.
Shed were invited to transform a 9500 sqft space within Dublin’s infamous Arnotts store, into Ireland’s largest ladies’ shoe department. The project comes as part of an overall expansion and redevelopment of the prestigious store.
Shed developed a response to the brief with a concept based on garden landscape ideology. With the seasonal nature of the product, the scheme needed to demonstrate flexibility whilst providing a picturesque backdrop to the ever-changing product lines. Collections of ornamental display units and sculptural furniture pieces are distributed across the landscape in order to delineate smaller ‘kitchen gardens’ that form brand areas for ample retail. Large, colourful Rattan and GRP ‘follies’ form the service and seating areas within each brand zone. Curved display frames as well as trellis-like divisions, with their associated hero product hangers, allow for unobstructed views across all brand areas.
After a successful year at London’s Street Feast market and touring festivals countrywide, popular Barbecue street food vendor HotBox approached Shed to create their first permanent joint in East London.
Shed took inspiration from the process of slow cooking used in Hotbox to create the 160sqm ground floor restaurant, the result is as brutal as the smoke pit itself. The Grade II listed exterior with high arched windows is boldly painted black, the HotBox red neon logo (a leftover from their days on the road) hung just inside the lobby, illuminating the restaurant entrance. The interior envelope continues the simple application of the colour black, whilst subtly referencing the bare bone cabins and trailer eateries found throughout the Deep South. Metal cladding frames the theatre of the kitchen pass, whilst blackened timber panels herald the all important fuel of the fire. This creates a powerful canvas for HotBox to take ownership of the space, without any of the usual barbeque joint clichés.
Shed Design completed the re-design of the new Children’s Fashion department in Harrods, London. Following the completion of the Toy Kingdom in July earlier in the year, the 41,000 sqft new fashion department further establishes Harrods as one of the world’s leading locations for children’s retail.
The design intention was to create a consistent and timeless background throughout the department, inspired by Harrods traditional architecture with a modern stance. The cornicing, panelling and moulding details thus give the department its own coherent identity whilst adhering to the established traditional architecture of the department store.
Located within an 18th Century Grade II listed brewery, the unique out of town workspace was created for Freuds as part of the leading PR agency’s overall estate expansion. The first floor original malting room has been renovated to provide boardroom facilities, whilst the remainder of the floor provides varying discussion spaces for building brand strategy, whether seated in the lounge, library, or private den. These ideas are then developed and visualised in the ground floor “lab”, enabling the formation of big ideas and campaigns to be “brewed and bottled” outside of the agency’s Central London Headquarters.
Shed were appointed to master plan and design the 33,000sqft central London headquarters for PR leaders Freud Communications.
In 2005 Shed designed a vibrant new reception and meeting suite to Freud’s former Mortimer Street premises and won this new commission on the strength of that success.
The new £2M HQ on nearby Newman St. provides modern, practical and creative workspaces. Visitors are greeted by a large vibrant reception desk with media projector leading through into a contemporary lounge bar area in which clients and staff can meet and work. On each office floor a central gold ‘All in One’ bespoke unit snakes around existing building structure, giving office staff combined breakout and meeting space with easily accessible storage facilities.
A basement suite of abstract ‘War Rooms’, for the unexpected pitch opportunity and secluded private meetings is the last project installation. In addition a cinema style auditorium for formal company presentations and visual showcasing all combine in giving flexibility to Freud Communications working approach.