Kym's: Michaelis Boyd Design
Posted on January 02 2019
Architecture and interior design practice Michaelis Boyd completes the interior of Chef Andrew Wong’s highly anticipated new London restaurant, Kym’s.
Located in the arcade of Bloomberg’s award-winning new European headquarters in the heart of London, Kym’s is Chef Andrew Wong's exciting new restaurant designed by architecture and interior design practice, Michaelis Boyd. The interior is a contemporary take on beautiful Asian design, transporting guests from the hustle and bustle of Central London's streets into a sophisticated and harmonious space to enjoy the tastes of exquisite Chinese cuisine and cocktails.
The main dining area of Kym’s is a nod to the theatricality of food and fine dining. Set on the ground floor, the space features an open kitchen and curved statement bar clad in beautiful reclaimed turquoise roof tiles beneath a focal cherry blossom tree, creating instant energy on arrival into the restaurant. The interior design features a soft colour palette of blush pinks and deep plums, with accents of copper and turquoise mixed with dark wood and a sunken terrazzo floor speckled with green marble chips.
The raw milled steel staircase with oak treads curves around the bar, connecting to the mezzanine level, providing guests with majestic views of the cherry blossom tree at all angles, the lighting casting enchanting shadows onto the natural plaster walls and across the dining space. Signifying female beauty and female power in China, the tree represents the yin element to the yang of the present day corporate City of London, helping to harmonise and balance the interiors.
The upper level showcases a row of finely ribbed velvet fixed seating that overlooks the theatrics of the double height restaurant space, directing focus with the aid of dining shelves cantilevered from the steel balustrade. A backdrop of antique and stained oak custom mirrors, half-height oak panelling with natural woven paper inlay, perforated copper and handblown turquoise glass lantern wall lights create an intimate dining ambience. Providing a sense of privacy and exclusivity, a luxurious soft linen curtain can also enclose the mezzanine space for private functions, dining and events without obstructing the views and flow of the lower level.
Photography: Gavriil Papadiotis