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Harrods Asian Food Court
Knightsbridge, London

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Client
Harrods Ltd

Location
Knightsbridge, London

Date Completed
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Contract Period
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Contract Sum
Private

Services Provided
Concept Architecture and Interior Design Services

Located at basement level in the Grade 2* listed Harrods department store, are two of the most iconic rooms in the store.  They were created during the 1930s when some store rooms and a smoking room were turned into the conjoined Men’s Hair Salon and Lounge. What makes them iconic is the startling contrast between the design aesthetics of the pair; the salon is classically Art Deco in style while the lounge is a heavily carved Elizabethan space. The former is nowadays used as a stock room while the latter still sits within the retail area. Many of the notable design features still exist today.

 

We were tasked with creating a restaurant called The Asian Food Court within the two rooms. The idea was based on an upscale food court operation but it was important that the existing features and finishes served as backdrops to the restaurant while new elements would have oriental references to reflect the Asian food concept. They would equally have a contemporary appearance so that they could be read alongside the existing layers of history, thereby adding another chapter to the story of the Men’s Hair Salon and Lounge.