Design Buzz: The Royal Academy Restaurant


One of the first articles I ever wrote for CH+D was on designer Tom Dixon’s beautiful free-flowing Void lights. Therefore, when I heard he was the designer behind the new Restaurant at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, I couldn’t wait to see pictures and share them with you.

Dixon and his Design Research Studio has created an impressive space that includes sculptures from the Royal Academy’s permanent collection. The restaurant only serves dinner on Friday and Saturday nights, but feel free to stop in daily for a leisurely British afternoon tea. 

Using marble, brass and velvet, the materials chosen by Dixon blend well with the opulent 18th-century architecture.

Large glass installations were created to display sculptures from the Royal Academy’s permanent collection.

A detail picture of the glass installation and waiting lounge.

A striking bar made from hand-made bricks and lava stone from Mt. Etna covers an entire wall of the restaurant.

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