AfroditiKrassa was tasked with the concept, brand and design for the largest London opening by the multi-awarded chef, in over a decade. The Asian inspired restaurant, bar and private dining areas were to replace the much loved Maze on Mayfair’s Grosvenor square. Afroditikrassa worked for over 18 months with Gordon and his team to create a concept that defied all convention and deliver a design as exquisitely crafted as the food on offer.
We drew design inspiration from urban Tokyo in the 1930s, particularly the Kissa concepts found throughout Japan at the time. These kissas were underground clubs that offered food, jazz music and great drinks, and were once a thriving institution. Lucky Cat reflects back to this vibrant era with playful references and nods to these urban cool design details throughout.
With an underlying art-deco influence, the layout has been conceived in a way that ensures every table in the house will offer an exciting perspective. Chef’s tables, situated in the heart of the venue, allow guests to choose from a bespoke, handwritten, seasonal menu whilst savouring the theatre of watching the team of expert chefs at work. Meanwhile, the raw bar offers a luxurious setting to enjoy exquisite sushi and sashimi.
Design features such as the uchiwa fan ceiling installation and the cast brass bamboo bar front enhance the Asian flair of the venue, whilst bespoke Japanese knife displays will peak the interest of guests as they make their way to their seats. Intricately curved brass screens, antique mirrors, gloss black bamboo paneling and layered linen screens are just a few of the elements which build an understated luxurious undertone throughout, whilst the geometric patterns, Japanese indigo dyed fabrics and distressed leather reinforce the playful ambience.
Living up to its name, there will be playful cat references throughout the venue, with the likes of subtle cat relief tiles, stone cat statues and cat tail hooks complimenting more dominant features, like the Maneki Neko cat wall in the bar area, comprising of 300 bespoke, handmade ceramic cats.
Gordon Ramsay says of the partnership: “Ensuring we got the interior design right was imperative for Lucky Cat. AfroditiKrassa understood our vision from the start, their attention to detail and passion for perfection is what has made this a successful partnership. We’ve got a great team and, together, we’re ready to bring something really special to London this summer.”