Mora is bringing Fusion Mediterranean Cuisine in an elegant and modern setting to Marylebone, London. Two years in the making, the upscale fine dining restaurant is finally open and business is booming.
Managing the project were Rosendale Design, a company specialising in interior, lighting and furniture design. They have deep rooted respect for architecture – an appreciation of edifices both historic and contemporary. Aided by a team of professional consultants, specialists manufacturers, craftsmen and artists, Rosendale focus on successfully finishing the project whilst considering the smallest details.
The design brief was to make the space look like it’s been standing for decades, with items featured inside that have fallen into disrepair, but with soft finishes such as suede-look banquettes (from Upholster London) to warm up the atmosphere.
The walls have a gold finish covered by a fake plaster effect to get shimmers coming through, creating a rustic but elegant appearance. Lots of antiques were used to enhance the style of the rooms, such as mirrors taken from castles and other historic buildings – giving the restaurant some antiquity. The building also features an antique barometer.
Guests are greeted by pressed velvet curtains that lead to either the bar with chairs and barstools (from Contract Chair Company) or the main dining area that features an elevated ‘Captain’s Table’ (by Style Matters).
As the building is situated in a conservation area, the façade was barely touched during the construction and design works.
The main room and a downstairs area can be hired out for private dinning functions. The downstairs space is much more refined, with chic wallpaper and chesterfield banquette that wrap around the room, as well as a reclaimed antique library cabinet converted into a bar.
However this design masterpiece didn’t appear overnight, and just like any other construction, the build came with some tricky challenges. Being located in the basement, the kitchen needed a food hoist up to the ground floor, but the designers wanted this element to be out of sight to the guests, so it had to be subtly hidden away. The elevated Captains Table involved a huge amount of planning and building control due to the fact it was adjacent to the stairs, so extra care had to be taken when calculating dimensions. The final challenge involved the lowered ceiling – there was insufficient space behind for the lighting, so semi-recessed fixtures had to be used, which in turn worked out better.
Premier Hospitality caught up with Dale Atkinson, designer at Rosendale Design, to find out what he thought of the project. Dale said:
“We have worked with this client on a number of projects and this latest scheme was definitely a fun one.”
Mora is now open for business.