Lost & Found has recently been unveiled in Birmingham city centre; guests are greeted by a quirky bar and restaurant designed on the imagined world of a fictitious Victorian Botanist Professor Hettie G. Watson.
Branding agency Arm & Eye created Hettie’s character to fit in with the whimsical nature of the venues design which was overseen by Kai Design.
The venue is housed in a Grade II listed building, situated on 8 Bennetts Hill, which was constructed in 1869. The design takes visitors on a journey through Professor Watson’s imagined life. The venue is decorated with an array of plants, birdcages, butterflies and flowers which spread across the venues several different spaces; these include a botanical library, a boardroom, dining room and a bar, Institute of Botanics and a secret emporium.
The botanical library is dimly lit with lamps on long tables; the library directly adjoins to the boardroom which is brought to life by a large map scattered with postcards of Hettie’s discoveries. The dining room consists of an apothecary style wall of uplit jars which each contain an individual flower. Cut glass decanter lights also decorate the dining room and create a warm glow in the space.
Lost & Found serve up an array of mouth watering dishes throughout the day. For those who want to be part of Hettie’s Breakfast Club, dishes such as fresh fruit salad, pancakes with maple syrup and full English are available to sample. Those popping in for lunch or dinner are spoiled for choice as the menu boasts an array of sharer dishes, healthy salads, tasty sandwiches and delicious grills.
Lost & Found also runs Hettie’s Sunday Recovery Service which is the ideal way to escape the Sunday blues and relax. All of the roasts come with the usual suspects; a big Yorkshire pudding, goose fat roasties, braised red cabbage, broccoli, roasted carrots and parsnips and of course the gravy. For those who still have room for a pudding there are plenty to choose from.
The main wall of Hettie’s Institute of Botanics is adorned with a giant vertical wall garden, home to a projection of animated butterflies. The route to the venues bar passes the lavatories where birds decorate the ceilings contained in an overhead aviary. Throughout the venues interior hints to the location of the secret room can be found as well as imagery of Hettie herself.
A secret doorway through a bookcase leads to Hettie’s secret emporium which is decorated in bespoke wallpaper flecked with gold leaf. Bell jars of potions and botanical oils surround the secret rooms bar and delicious tasting elixirs can be tasted by all.
Such is the innovative design concept of Lost & Found’s interior the venue was chosen as the’ Best Stand Alone Bar’ in the 2013 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards.
Kai Design acted as the interior designers on the Lost & Found project. Kai Design was founded in 2007 by Michaela Reysenn and now offers a full design service complete with on site supervision to an array of clients. Kai work with clients in line with their varying budgets and requirements and are experts at offering a bespoke service tailored to customers’ needs.
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