Founded in 2007 by Michaela Reysenn, Kai Design is an interior design and consultancy practice providing services to some of the biggest and most innovative bar and restaurant projects in the UK. Past projects for Kai Design include the Powder Keg Diplomacy; Chase Vodka’s pop-up bar at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge; and The Gaslight Grill in Battersea, as well as The Lost & Found and most recently The Lansdowne.
Located on Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham, The Lost & Found is a bar & restaurant, with a specific focus on cocktails. The Lost & Found opened in November 2012 and is housed within a Grade II Listed building.
Opalle Ltd was the main contractor on the project. The company is a contractor specialising in bars and restaurants and is run by Jonothan Boys who has 28 years experience in the industry.
The concept behind The Lost & Found is inspired by Victorian explorer and professor, Hettie G. Watson, who travelled the world in search of new botanical species. Throughout the site the interior provides imagery of Hettie via the use of bespoke wall coverings and fabrics, as well as a floor-to-ceiling botanical library.
A very interesting feature of the site – which has become the talk of The Lost & Found – is a secret room, hidden behind a bookcase. The room is decked out in gold leaf and provides a hideaway for those fortunate enough to find it.
Additional features of The Lost & Found include library lamps, glass jars, a large vertical wall garden, a selection of decorative birds and butterflies, and a world map which fills the site’s boardroom.
Commenting on The Lost & Found, Kai Design Director, Michaela Reysenn, said:
“Working on The Lost & Found we wanted to create a very unique design for a flagship site that could have the potential to kick-start a series of new bars. I believe that is exactly what we have achieved with this site.
“The building was designed to showcase Hettie G. Watson’s character and life and the theme sits perfectly alongside the cocktail bar aspect of the site.”
Jonothan Boys, Opalle Ltd, added:
“The Lost and Found was a very bespoke project with many intricate details, which we completed within 4 weeks, enabling it to open on time. We take great pride in what we do for our clients.”
Happy Feet Floors supply and install a range of flooring solutions, from carpets and laminates, to woods and luxury vinyl coverings. Working on The Lost & Found, Happy Feet Floors supplied and installed an original parquet flooring, as well as three solid-wood finished floors.
Happy Feet Floors Director, Ben Lyons, commented:
“We are a Midlands based company, so to be involved with local projects such as this was great. We tend to complete a lot of back of house work, so to be working on front of house work at The Lost & Found, where everyone sees your work, is fantastic.”
Following the successful completion of The Lost & Found, Kai Design provided design work for The Lansdowne.
Situated in Edgware, Middlesex, The Lansdowne opened its doors for the first time in January 2013. The site features a range of memorable fixtures and fittings, including imaginative wallpaper, antique mirrors and chandeliers, and serves up hand crafted cocktails alongside delicious food.
Commenting on The Lansdowne, Michaela Reysenn, said:
“The pub is spread across just one floor but is divided into two rooms, with a private area in the back, and a dining space and drinking area at the front.
“The backroom has space for a DJ and includes the bar, whilst the front has a small open window which looks into the kitchen.”
With work now complete on both projects, Kai Design is looking towards the next developments in the bar and restaurant industry, with many more projects already in the pipeline.
“Kai Design is quite a young company, but we have been very fortunate that we have been able to work on such a diverse array of projects, from Barrio North through to and The Social on Oxford Circus.
“The clients who run Powder Keg Diplomacy and The Lost Angel in the south of London have a great Victorian style which they always stick with, whilst some of our clients have a style that is more akin to a traditional pub. Each client has their own individual style, and is great for us to be involved with such varied mix of sites.
“We have put in a lot of hard work over the last couple of years but it has all been worth it.”
For more information about Kai Design please visit: www.kaidesign.co.uk.
Xylo Contracts specialises in the manufacture of bespoke contract furniture for use in bars, clubs and hotels and within the retail industry. The company has over 30 years’ worth of experience and is committed to completing every project on time and to its clients’ budget and satisfaction.
Xylo Contracts manufacture bar fitting for all major pub chains, as well as independent pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and music venues and has worked on a vast selection of projects, with clients including G-A-Y/Heaven, Bar One, HMV Academy and Hammersmith Apollo, amongst others.
Working on The Lost & Found, Xylo Contracts was responsible for many of the site’s fittings, including the bar, doors and waiter stations.
Xylo Contracts Director, Andrew Wilson, said:
“The Lost & Found is located within a prominent place in Birmingham city centre, so being involved with this project caught the attention of many passersby.”
“All of the work that we complete is important to us, as is each client that we work with. Our main aim at Xylo Contracts is to always complete our work on budget, on time and to the best of our ability.”