Following the success of Grind & Co’s Shoreditch Grind, Soho Grind and London Grind – founders Kaz James and David Abrahamovitch have again engaged Biasol: Design Studio to design another sibling site, the Holborn Grind café and cocktail bar, with a unique bold design. Shortlisted in the 2015 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards in the category of London’s best bar, this café-cum-cocktail bar resists the urge to take itself too seriously and offers a seamless transition from latte to espresso martini.
Located within the new Hoxton Hotel Holborn, the latest concept rises from the shell of the original building to compliment the iconic ‘anti-hotel’ ethos. “Our desire to retain the character of the small ‘Midtown’ corner saw us formulate a design that juxtaposes vintage elements with modern detailing” explain architects.
This ability to seamlessly transition from day to night was paramount to the overall concept and saw us specially curate a mix of lighting solutions. “We paired Bert Frank pendants and wall lights with Edison bulbs to achieve the desired level of intimacy and warmth” said Jean-Pierre Biasol, founder of the Australian studio.
Adding to its ambience and sense of grandeur, 15ft floor to ceiling glass windows frame the interior and bathe the bar in natural light. Meanwhile inside, bare brick, textured concrete render and reclaimed pale oak provide a raw backdrop upon which marble and iron are layered to industrial effect. Exposed during the construction process, these authentic materials are offset by eclectic textures.
Inspired by the polished cocktail carts of the 50’s, the architects conceived an intricate system of antique brass shelving to hang atop the bar. Adorning the back wall, hexagonal marble tiles form a luxe patina across the splash back and act in contrast to the utilitarian brick walls and brass-work. Distressed timber floorboards are laid on the diagonal, creating a neat visual diversion from the linear spatial flow. The studio’s custom designed stools, tables and bases, sit alongside green leather banquettes, as metallic finishes gleam from overhead in brassy tubular steel.
Responsible for the development of each of Grind & Co’s establishments, the studio confidently represents the brand, its clientele, service offering and aesthetic is through the series of resolved and eclectic fit-outs. “Having been on this journey with Grind & Co since the inception of their first venue, we have been able to create a collection of unique establishments with designs that, whilst being distinct, communicate a unified expression of the overarching vision” concludes Biasol: Design Studio.
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