Crème creates "non-traditional" Chinese restaurant RedFarm in London
Natural timber, white-painted brick and gingham fabric feature inside this dim-sum restaurant inspired by a farmer's market, by Brooklyn-based Crème.
With two branches in New York already, the newly opened RedFarm eatery in London is the chain's first in the UK.
Located in a three-storey building in London's theatre district, the outpost is designed by architect and designer Jun Aizaki, whose Brooklyn-based studio Crème also created RedFarm's New York branches.
Like the New York restaurants, the interior of the London location is designed to blend the feel of a farmer's market with a modern dim-sum restaurant.
"Crème has taken RedFarm's locavore farm-to-table concept and brought it to life in the space, creating a non-traditional Chinese restaurant," Aizaki told Dezeen.
"Even though the interiors are meant to replicate the look and flavour of the West Village in NY, the secret speakeasy upstairs in Covent Garden has an authentic site-specific decor that is really resonating with the locals, from Sir Paul McCartney to Kate Moss, so we hear."
The restaurant's ground and first floors feature painted white brick walls and exposed wooden beams that are intended to create a welcoming space.
On the ground floor, a large living wall designed to highlight the restaurant's use of fresh ingredients takes centre stage. Greenery is also dispersed elsewhere in the restaurant on shelving and hanging from the ceiling.
The interior is furnished with wooden tables and chairs, red and white gingham fabric, and vintage crates to evoke the farmhouse feel.
Menus, chopsticks, plants and candles are hung from a network of white-painted pipework grids installed above and beside the booths and communal tables.
In addition to the booths, the communal tables are set with mismatched chairs – a signature detail in all RedFarm locations.
The third-floor dining area has an altogether darker ambience that is designed to recall a speakeasy.
A sleek, wrap around bar with marble countertop and copper accents is paired with antiqued wood walls, black lacquered ceilings, and tufted leather banquets.
Aizaki founded his Brooklyn-based studio in 2004. Other projects include biodegradable HyO-Cup from gourds grown in moulds and indigo-dyed wooden furniture for Asian brand Stellar Works.
Photography is by Taran Wilkhu.