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Derby’s Latino flavour

Las Iguanas Derby
Written by Roma Publications

Las Iguanas Derby

Award-winning hospitality interior designers, B3 Designers have continued their creative collaboration with the Las Iguanas restaurant group, by providing the design work for their latest restaurant.

Las Iguanas Derby opened its doors on 11th October 2014 and with its distinctive design aesthetic and flamboyant Latino flavours, it has already proved popular with guests.

B3 Designers’ brief was to take the Las Iguanas brand – this time within a Grade II Listed building – and reimagine the space whilst keeping in line with the Las Iguanas brand ethos. Work began on the project in August 2014 and reached completion in late September.

The 380sq meter venue, once home to an old bakery, is split across two floors – ground floor and mezzanine – and has room for 140 diners. The restaurant includes an internal courtyard complete with exotic plantings and antique, bronze chandeliers which dominate the apex of the central atrium.

Las Iguanas Derby

B3 Designers Design Director, Mark Bithrey, said:

“Las Iguanas Derby is a continuation of our working relationship with the Las Iguanas brand as we have already worked with them on other projects, including Las Iguanas Wembley and Bristol Cribbs Causeway, which opened towards the end of last year.”

Mark added:

“We always relish the challenge of bringing a vibrant Latin aesthetic into UK restaurant sites. Working with a Grade II Listed building gave us the opportunity to play with the idea of faded grandeur which is so prevalent in South America and of course stay true to the fabric of the building – these elements give an engaging sense of story to the space.”

Las Iguanas Derby

Las Iguanas Derby’s design includes reclaimed crates, Granito cement tiles in B3 Designers’ bespoke Latino-style pattern and reclaimed timber boards. Meanwhile, exposed historic brickwork and giant distressed graphics on some of the walls of the restaurant recreate the feeling of street advertising prominent throughout South America. It is with these existing architectural features that B3 Designers allude to ideas of faded Latino glamour in keeping with the Las Iguanas brand.

Mark commented:

“The Grade II status of the site meant that we had to develop a scheme that was sympathetic to the history of the building whilst recreating the Latino flavour that Las Iguanas restaurant group is renowned for. The double height atrium with ageing brick walls complimented our idea of faded grandeur that is so prevalent throughout the streets and buildings of Latin America.”

Las Iguanas Derby

As well as a new restaurant in Derby, Las Iguanas has rolled out a new autumn menu, serving up seasonal comfort food, ideal for this time of the year. Dishes include Pollo con Chorizo, Camarao de Calabaza and the veggie chilli, whilst new cocktails include Pear Drop Caipirinha, Birdseye Margarita and the imaginatively titled Smoking Plums.

Discussing the importance of the project, Mark said:

“This was an opportunity for us to adapt and progress the Las Iguanas design language within a space already rich with architectural features. English architectural heritage and Latin American spirit marry together here to create a warm and inviting dining experience full of fun, flamboyant design elements.”

For more information about Las Iguanas, please visit: www.iguanas.co.uk.

Las Iguanas Derby

B3 Designers

London-based B3 Designers create distinctive, fresh and contemporary designs for the interiors of hotels, bars, restaurants and retail spaces. Founded by Mark Bithrey in 2002, B3 Designers is an award-winning, innovative design practice specialising in the creation of great brand experiences that not only deliver but also exceed expectations.

The studio believes that every project is completely unique, irrespective of size, budget or location and this is what has led B3 Designers to become a leading name within the industry. Recent projects have included Greenwich Kitchen by the O2 Arena; Lima Floral restaurant in Covent Garden; Lyle’s in Shoreditch; Gymkhana in Mayfair; The Pearson Room restaurant in Canary Wharf and Imli Street in Soho, London.

For more information about B3 Designers, please visit: www.b3designers.co.uk.

Las Iguanas Derby

Industville Ltd

Industville Ltd was established over two years ago. The firm specialise in unique industrial vintage reproduction lighting and furniture. Using handcrafted materials the firm create original products and also develop bespoke lighting and furniture for clients in line with their design concepts.

Since their inception Industville have worked with an array of high profile clients including Jamie Oliver’s Restaurants, Waterstones, Costa Coffee, Pizza Express, Ask Italian, Zizzi, Café Nero and Lush as well many local restaurants, cafes and high-street shops.

We caught up with Mara Rypacek, the Director of Industville Ltd, to find out more about the firm’s recent involvement with Las Iguanas. Mara commented:

“The clients wanted to create a vintage atmosphere in their new restaurant and turned to us to supply suitable lighting. We discussed their requirements and agreed on a range of products that would suit their needs. We are proud to have worked with Las Iguanas. It is always a pleasure for us to be able to supply to the world’s most distinguished restaurant chains.

Las Iguanas Derby

“The vintage industrial look is a hot trend these days and when furnishing a new venue finding vintage lighting is a real challenge, especially if 50 pieces of the same product are needed. 19th and 20th century lighting inspires us and our aim is to supply a product that satisfies the client’s desire for the vintage charm, with its original handcrafted finish and that can be supplied in unlimited quantity. All our products are handmade by our skilled craftsmen with their original finish.

“We pride ourselves in our products and our portfolio of satisfied high-profile clients, including Las Iguanas, which have helped us to establish ourselves as one of the leaders in the field.”

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