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Design Research Studio: Royal Academy of Arts Restaurant

Posted by Will Hudson,

Interior design practice, Design Research Studio, under the direction of British designer Tom Dixon have recently completed the interior for the new restaurant at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The project, for renowned restaurateur Oliver Peyton of Peyton and Byrne opened last week and coincided with the latest show, Modern British Sculpture, giving you more than one reason to head down to head down to Piccadilly.

The refurbishment references the long and illustrious history of the Royal Academy with materials chosen to complement the existing fabric of the Regency building including marble, brass and velvet. The dining area is divided into different zones, with each area inspired by the work of a different Royal Academy great such as Turner and Sir John Soane. To extend the gallery experience for diners, Design Research Studio have designed a dramatic free-standing unit in the centre of the space. Consisting of a number of glass cubes, the structure houses an extraordinary selection of sculptures and busts dating back to 1897. The pieces belong to the Royal Academy of Arts permanent collection but have long been stored out of public view.

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Posted by Will Hudson

Will founded It’s Nice That in 2007 and is now director of the company. Once one of the main contributors to the site he has stepped back from writing as the business has expanded. He is a regular guest on the Studio Audience podcast.