The design for a restaurant, bar and store skilfully uses form, proportions and materiality to marry the distinctive upmarket brand with the historic, landmark building.
The central bar adopts a warm, textured material palette that complements the hues of The Royal Exchange’s dominant material, Portland stone. The bar takes additional cues from the delicate architectural details in Fortnum & Mason’s Piccadilly home, resulting in a contemporary interpretation of the original store’s historic frame structures, filigree latticework and English silverware. All of the metalwork and hand-blown glass detail within the island counter have been created in the Southeast of England, whilst the bespoke leather banquettes incorporate the Fortnum & Mason ‘eau de nil’ colour palette.
Sensitive, respectful and impeccably detailed, Fortnum & Mason at The Royal Exchange brings luxury heritage and tradition to an historic destination in the heart of the City.
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