Bespoke interiors specialist Heterarchy have created a new ‘pop-up’ restaurant for Michelin starred chef Adam Stokes, in Birmingham city centre. The 70 sq m, 25 cover restaurant is the first venture for Adam Stokes since leaving his post as head chef at Glenapp Castle in Scotland. ‘Adam’s‘ is a contemporary fine dining restaurant, serving up a sophisticated blend of familiar flavour combinations with modern, inventive twists.
This site is a stepping stone prior to opening a larger 60 seat restaurant in the city next year, hence the term ‘pop-up’ – though don’t be fooled into thinking this in any way feels temporary or transient; this is a fine dining restaurant in the truest sense of the word. Due to run for only 18 months, the restaurant had to be completed within a tight budget and short timescale; a challenge the design team were happy to take on.
The interior manages to strike a balance between luxury and informality, to feel exclusive yet be approachable. A large trompe l’oeil of a Gothic corridor adds a sense of grandeur and a touch of the unexpected, providing this compact site with both visual depth and focus. Cornicing and panelled walls combine with antique mirrors and faux marble inserts add to the traditional feel. Walls are painted in a warm, muted grey with a rich, dark grey above the cornice and on the ceiling.
A stitched leather effect wallpaper adds a metallic sheen to this neutral palette. Seating is traditional in style but given a contemporary look thanks to the matching frame and upholstery colour, using a combination of warm metallic silver and contrasting ink blue. Tables are a dark wood veneer and flooring a neutral silvered oak vinyl.
Bespoke lighting is a key element of the design. ‘Crackled’ glass globes combine with functional spotlights, all fixed to a track system that allows for changes to the layout if required. Bespoke wall lights complete a scheme that is both functional and atmospheric. The restaurant is understated and elegant, pitched at just the right level for the vibrant fine dining scene in Birmingham. The quality of the interior belies it’s modest cost, testament indeed to the skill of the designers.