You may remember that back in October last year, ITALIANBARK won ‘Best Colour Blog International’ at the Amara Interior Blog Award. I had the pleasure to be Elisabetta’s plus one at the ceremony and felt happy and proud to give my little contribution to this fast-growing blog. Why was I there? Because the Award night took place in London, where I live. You can read all about the award in this post.
London is a magical city for bloggers, and as part of the ITALIANBARK team, sometimes I get to experience some wonderful treats. Like for example a day in the Tom Dixon’s Coal Office restaurant in a Victorian building on Regent’s Canal. There was a special lunch for all the winners, which also resulted in an occasion for us to connect with each other.
The Coal Office design restaurant in London by Tom Dixon Studio
To be honest, I didn’t know that Tom Dixon had opened a restaurant in that area. But when I discovered more about it, I was all intrigued. This is the story of a collaboration between the internationally renowned British Designer and Chef Assaf Granit, whose cuisine share connection to Jerusalem, his home town.
At Coal Office we experienced his inventive Middle Eastern cuisine with ingredients and family style, sharing plates largely influenced by Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Jerusalem traditions. Particularly interesting was the Kubalah, a tear, and share hand-made croissant-brioche bread. Really yummy!
But there’s a lot more to it.
Coal Office Concept & Design
Coal Office is a complete collaboration between design and cooking. Chef Assaf Granit’s idea was to deconstruct the kitchen, with cooking and prepping spread across three floors and with everybody involved in cooking – from waitress to guests themselves.
The frame is the architectural beauty of Coal Yard Drops bricked factory style building, along with its distinctive traditional features. Design Research Studio, the interior design branch of Tom Dixon Studio designed the interiors, introducing all the iconic ‘Tom Dixon’ trademark features including statement lighting fixtures, crockery, tableware and stunning furniture designs.
I personally loved the mix of textures and different materials, which celebrate the industrial heritage of the architecture with contrasting luxurious finishes. This style is Tom Dixon’s signature and is reflected throughout the whole building, not just the restaurant.
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Coal Drops Yard
Did you know Tom Dixon is a self-taught designer? I didn’t. Many people know him just for his high-end feature lighting but not many know how much he invests in research.
The Coal Office restaurant is part of a bigger development – a new home for Tom Dixon’s latest experiments, innovations and collaborations. In fact, the same building is also home for the Tom Dixon Studio and newly launched Flagship Store.
After experiencing your delicious meal, you can explore their gallery and shop downstairs and be part of this new epicenter of design. Discover more at this link
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- London Shoreditch design guide
- Instagram guide to Notting Hill in London
- London’s fanciest restaurant toilet’s designs
The Coal Office restaurant is in 2 Bagley Walk, London N1C 4PQ. You can explore their menu and make a reservation on their website here.
It is open 7 days a week and, since January 21st, they also serve breakfast. Pop in for some Kubalah (best served with yogurt, confit tomatoes, and za’atar) and let us know what you think!
All images courtesy of Coal Office
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