Tom Dixon, Royal Acadamy Restaurant, Piccadilly, London
We at Dodo (well one of us) have a bit of an unhealthy obsession with the phenomena that is Tom Dixon. The new Royal Academy restaurant the brainchild of Oliver Peyton, was designed together with Dixon’s Design Research Studio.
It comprises of separate zones which take reference from some of the Royal Academy’s most important figures such as Sir John Soanes and Turner. The interior is adorned with gleaming brass, indulgent velvets, Mount Etna Larva Stone and decadent marble, intertwined with some of the Royal Academy’s sculptures and busts. The restaurant even has its own glass art installation in the centre. The scene is relatively simple considering the chosen materials, Dixon used his own Scoop chairs and brass Etch shades to enhance the decor.
Dixon seems to have a penchant for restaurants and recently was asked to design Jamie Oliver/Adam Perry Lang’s new venture Barbacoa, a new BBQ and grill restaurant opposite St Paul’s, London. A new type of restaurant it will serve live fire cooking and contains its own butchery selling organic meat. Dixons interior is clean, metallic and incredibly classy. definitely one to visit when next in London town.
Tom Dixon’s The Dock Kitchen at Portobello Dock is yet another fabulous restaurant interior. A converted former wharf it was originally the old Virgin recording studios, with the Tom Dixon Studio as a backdrop it is an incredible space. Considering it was originally a pop up restaurant it popped up and stayed put. unpretentious and simple with heavy wood and glass interior, it is furnished with Tom Dixon furniture and lighting. This is a beautiful light and airy space overlooking the water. We can’t wait for the next restaurant project Dixon sinks his teeth into!