Robert began working together with Marcus Wareing on Marcus – the acclaimed restaurant in the Berkeley Hotel and redesigned the restaurant to give it a new and cool identity. Robert understands what Marcus wants from his interiors in his restaurants and so it was a natural step for Rob to design the interiors for his latest venture within the Marcus Wareing Restaurant Group, Tredwell’s.
When designing Tredwell’s, Robert and his team wanted the interiors to reflect the history of the site as an old ground for horse trading, and later, motor cars. Being a very British establishment, the main colour is British racing green with brick wall interiors to render the feeling that layers of the building have been peeled back to reveal a beautiful patina of time.
Crackle-glaze tiles and cracked leather are used to give an instant worn-in patina which achieves an established and familiar look.
Inspiration also came from the buzz and vibrancy of the area in which Tredwell’s is located, which has been translated directly into the restaurant by Rob and his team, creating a cool, industrial vibe with contrasting light and dark textures and tones – and large antiqued mirrors to reflect space and light around the dining rooms.
In terms of furniture, the dining and long refractory tables are made from dark-stained oak with beautiful, charismatic blackened steel bases. The banquettes feature crackled antique leather and have the same beautiful dark stained show-wood which complements the timber used in the tables.
For the mosaic flooring around the bar, RADI used hexagonal porcelain mosaic, which creates the contrast against the dark oak flooring.
For the bespoke lighting, RADI has used an antique bronze finish, which together with the filament bulbs creates a cosy dining atmosphere, yet with a cool edge. Some of the lighting has a brass mesh creating an added layer of detail.
The paint finish on the bricks was achieved after numerous trials and combinations of different paints – layering them, trying various thicknesses, consistency and number of coats – to get the perfect result.