Award-winning hospitality design studio, B3 Designers, has designed the interiors for Lima Floral – a newly-opened restaurant on Garrick Street, Covent Garden. B3 Designers’ brief was to develop an interior that stayed true to the core values of the Peruvian dining offer, with strong references to nature, geometry and materials of the earth.
The 200m² space is set over two floors accommodating 107 covers – 60 covers in the main restaurant on the ground floor and the bar and private dining room in the basement.
The design inspiration for the restaurant is rooted in Peru’s biodiversity, which translates into a simple space with emphasis on geometry and materials that reflect the natural elements.
The ground floor possesses an almost monastic approach, with geometric details and feature lighting. In addition, an intricate metalwork screen with a natural, twig-like composition, is used to separate the entrance to the dining area.
The basement floor has deep, rich midnight blue-toned floral-patterned tiles, creating a backdrop to textured finishes. Key features include bespoke wall lighting – both tear-drop and round-shaped – that refer to elements of nature and materials of the earth. These are illuminated through glowing opaque glass with thin metal edging.
The ground floor bespoke lighting scheme is made up of geometric shapes – triangular and ceiling-fixed – to create what is almost a light installation across the ceiling. Special materials – from hand-glazed tiles on the back bar in the basement to the blue pearl granite used to the front of the kitchen server counter – provide both pattern and texture.
To add to the mix of textures, B3 Designers has placed a large waney-edge table in the private dining room in the basement, and five two-seater individual waney-edge tables in the main restaurant on the ground floor.
“We wanted to take the client's ideals of fresh, organic produce, ethically sourced and inspired by a variety of landscapes from the Pacific Ocean, the Amazon and the Andes Mountains and design the interior to evoke a spirit of this natural environment while allowing the space to be casual, comfortable and interesting,” says Mark Bithrey, design director at B3 Designers.