Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay Restaurants has opened in Mayfair with the restaurant working in collaboration with renowned design studio AfroditiKrassa to bring Lucky Cat to life.
Afroditi Krassa, Founder and Creative Director of AfroditiKrassa told PREMIER HOSPITALITY: “The brief was very broad in terms of scope and we were involved from the beginning. We joined them at the start in a Creative Direction role moving to a full brand design role and then finishing as an architecture and interior role. It was an extremely collaborative project, which is no different to other projects we have worked on.”
AfroditiKrassa, known for its work on the likes of Dishoom and Curzon Cinemas, created a concept which draws design inspiration from urban Tokyo in the 1930s, particularly the Kissa concepts found throughout Japan at the time. These Kissas were underground clubs that offered food, jazz music and great drinks, and were once a thriving institution. Lucky Cat reflects back to this vibrant era with playful references and nods to these urban cool design details throughout.
Afroditi added: “Typically when you work with restaurant groups and chefs they have a clear idea of what the food should be, as well as having their own creative ideas so we work with that and present out thoughts to them and then collaboratively progress the overall concept.”
With an underlying art-deco influence, the layout has been conceived in a way that ensures every table in the house offers an exciting perspective. Chef’s tables, situated in the heart of the venue, allow guests to choose from a bespoke, handwritten, seasonal menu whilst savouring the theatre of watching the team of expert chefs at work. Meanwhile, the Raw Bar offers a luxurious setting to enjoy exquisite Sushi and Sashimi. Customers are also given the chance to hire out a private dining room, offering three spaces for events and memorable celebrations, with interiors that echo the main restaurant space, featuring shades of dark indigo, distressed leather chairs and warm, mood lighting throughout.
Design features such as the cast brass bamboo bar front enhance the Asian flair of the venue, whilst rare Japanese knife displays peak the interest of guests as they make their way to their seats. Intricately curved brass screens, antique mirrors, block bamboo panelling and layered linen screens are just a few of the elements which build a luxurious undertone throughout, whilst the geometric patterns, Japanese indigo-dyed fabrics and distressed leather reinforce the playful ambience.
Living up to its name, there are playful cat references throughout the venue, with the likes of subtle cat relief tiles, stone cat statues and cat tail hooks complimenting more dominant features like the Maneki Nejo cat wall in the bar area, comprising of 300 bespoke handmade ceramic cats.
Afroditi said of the design process: “The scale and ambition of this project is what excited us from the very start. Working very closely with Gordon and his team, we have successfully curated something that is relevant but not formal, vibrant but not overbearing, and predominantly allows the food and drinks to take centre stage.”
Gordon Ramsay said of the partnership: “Ensuring we got the interior design right was imperative for Lucky Cat. AfroditiKrassa understood our vision from the start and their attention to detail and passion for perfection is what has made this a successful partnership.”
For more information visit: www.luckycat.co.uk