Kinnersley Kent Design draws upon French riviera for London’s Bandol restaurant

A series of four cantilevered copper panels form tables.

Bandol, a new restaurant in Chelsea, London delivers the cuisine of rustic southern France from within a warm and contemporary environment. The venue features copper, distressed oak, steel, concrete, brick, smoked glass and artful lighting, as well as a large central olive tree and is designed by Kinnersley Kent Design, which has studios in both London and Dubai.

Entry area with bar to the left.

Entry area with bar to the left.

The team behind Bandol, Sylvia Kontek and Vittorio Monge, came to the project fresh from the success of their Margaux restaurant in South Kensington. While Margaux’s main point of reference centres on the wines of the Bordeaux area, Bandol takes its inspiration from the food and wines of the Provence and Riviera regions of southern France.

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Two zinc tables sit directly behind the fascia.

Two zinc tables sit directly behind the fascia.

“The challenge was how to combine the urban and the rural and still keep it authentic and harmonious,” says Kontek. “Designers have achieved an incredible transformation of the place and managed not only to create much bigger premises but, with their choice of materials, textures, colours and selection of living plants, they managed to marry the industrial with the rustic countryside, making space that is both chic and cozy.”

The intimate, 70-cover restaurant, measuring 200m2 over two storeys, is made up of a ground floor bar and dining area, with a kitchen, customer toilets and back of house space on the lower-ground floor.

Reclaimed French 'riddling racks' for champagne storage, are used for the semi-private dining areas.

Reclaimed French ‘riddling racks’ for champagne storage, are used for the semi-private dining areas.

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