Every interior design project begins with a concept. It’s the glue that holds the whole thing together. All design decisions are driven by the concept and all relate back to it in some way. When we designed the Tommyfield Gastro Pub the concept we developed was “Modern English Pub”. We brainstormed about what design details might fit with this concept and began gathering images to create a mood board which we presented to our clients. One of the photographs that inspired us was a row of iconic red telephone booths. They are unmistakably English and we wanted to find a way to use at least one of them in our design somehow. When it came time to conceptualize the washrooms we realized this would be the perfect spot to incorporate them. Instead of separate male and female bathrooms we designed individual stalls each with a door that mimicked the details of the phone booth. Here’s the image that got us started on this idea and our elevation of the bathroom hallway below.
Our clients loved this idea and got on board right away. Washrooms are such an important and often overlooked element in a restaurant. They wanted something that would be memorable and set them apart. The final result looks amazing and really does look like a row of phone booths.
Photo by Colin Way
A little peak inside reveals subway tile (reminiscent of the tiles used in the tubes of London) a cheeky red and white printed wallpaper depicting all things English, and a wire caged wall sconce which reminded me of lamp posts.
Photo by Colin Way
It’s funny sometimes where inspiration comes from and how an idea evolves as the design is coming together. You never know where creativity will take you. Once the concept is in place and the brainstorming begins, you’re not always sure how or if these thoughts will ever come to fruition. It’s so rewarding to see one of them come full circle from concept to completion. I hope you have enjoyed looking into the process of how this design idea came to life.