Open since the end of February, the Studio has utilised the heritage of the Edwardian Belle Époque building, whilst adding a contemporary twist, in keeping with the timeless sophistication synonymous with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.
“We’ve updated the traditional British brasserie concept using subtle modern design detailing, whilst also drawing on the building’s high baroque architecture and rich history. A mixture of statement pieces, such as the glamorous neo-gothic chandeliers and art deco dining counter, combined with the relaxed elegance of the seating area and inviting delicatessen next door, will make Holborn Dining Room a comfortable yet vibrant brasserie,” said studio head, Martin Brudnizki.
The brasserie features designs inspired by the finest aspects of British craftsmanship. All furniture was custom made for the project, including reclaimed oak furnishings, antique mirrors and opulent red leather upholstery with tweed fabric detailing.
To illuminate the space, an eclectic selection of vintage lamps have been scattered across the room and nestled amongst bespoke furniture to create a warm and enticing atmosphere. Whilst the seating, ranging from stools and tables to more intimate booths and banquettes, has been designed to make customers feel welcome for every social occasion.
Further animating the space, bespoke bars flank both sides of the room having had each gantry hand-sculpted from solid pieces of brass and bearing unique and distinctive markings.
Taking inspiration from the honesty of an old fashioned shop front, meats and produce hang above the antique patina copper bar top of the dining counter, which has been further adorned with aged gold lamps to provide a stylish surrounding for customers to enjoy a small bite.
Just opposite, the main bar runs the full length of the room, providing seating for 16 patrons to perch themselves upon rich, red leather bar stools. Due to the listed status of the building, the bar was designed specifically to preserve the Grade II listed marble walls. The impressive drinks selection is housed in the bar which is actually a bespoke copper and timber freestanding piece that doesn’t sit against the wall and was inspired by a Victorian hospital trolley.
In the former private dining room adjoining the brasserie, the Studio has created a quaint delicatessen. Utilising the grandeur of the building, the imposing entrance features the original dark mahogany doors fitted with a bespoke opening mechanism and invites customers into the authentic and alluring delicatessen inside.
All the charms of an Edwardian shop are carried through, as wooden and brass shelves filled with food surround the room, reaching up to the statement neo-gothic meets Hollywood glamour chandeliers above.
The delicatessen provides the perfect complement to the Holborn Dining Room, the latter serving traditional British dishes made from the finest locally sourced ingredients and the delicatessen forming a destination for passers-by to sample the rich selection of produce on offer.
Images © James McDonald