Hotel specialist Richmond International has completed The Veranda Restaurant, an all-day dining room set within the world-renowned Grand Hôtel in Stockholm. Richmond International has shared their design with us and now we are sharing with you.
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Hotel specialist Richmond International has completed The Veranda Restaurant, an all-day dining room set within the world-renowned Grand Hôtel in Stockholm. Richmond’s commission follows the 2006 completion, in the same hotel, of The Cadier Bar, an international cocktail bar named after founder Régis Cadier.
The London-based practice has refurbished a sequence of spaces including the Grand Buffet, 110-cover restaurant and adjacent lounge.
The overall design concept for The Veranda Restaurant draws inspiration from traditional Swedish craft including lace & embroidery. Vintage textiles and mönsterblad archive patterns have been referenced throughout and provide a strong identity and coherence across the various spaces.
The Veranda Lounge, adjacent to the hotel’s reception, sets the tone for the dining spaces within. On entering the restaurant, diners are struck by the light and airy atmosphere created by large windows that frame and maximise views of Stockholm’s waterfront location. Intricate inset mosaic panels and restored wall friezes and cornices punctuate the elongated room.
Vernacular influences include the use of pattern and colour, from the chairs to the decorative bronze screen, all of which have been designed specifically for the restaurant and add to the feeling of a sense of place.
The Grand Buffet – famous for serving Smörgåsbord, a traditional cold selection of seasonal produce and recipes – is accessed from the dining area via one of three, original central archways. These arches have been opened up and lined with bronze-framed wine cabinets filled with a selection of the Grand Hôtel’s famous cellar.
The focus of the voluminous and aesthetically crisp Grand Buffet is the white stone-top central display table lit by a large, ethereal, crystal chandelier. A backlit, perforated feature wall captures the delicacy of traditional lace craft with white washed oak. A more relaxed dining experience is signaled by soft, comfortable upholstery and cocktail height dining tables.
Richmond International has created a series of visually connected spaces whose aesthetic combines the Swedish characteristics of simplicity, minimalism and functionality with the luxury standards expected of a five-star, globally recognised hotel.