32mq design studio are behind the new French restaurant, brasserie and bar – Coco Retro. In the heart of Tunbridge Wells, just outside London, Coco Retro, serves the best of classic French delicacies from caviar to champagne.
The brief follows the three-story building to provide a multitude of intimate and stylish dining areas for different dining experiences. Entry is via a lobby and bar area with a unique circular brass bar counter which dominates the space and provides a perfect place for people watching on the street outside. Passing through a wooden and glass divider guests reach the brasserie. Exposed brick walls with natural wooden features and Bordeaux tinted furniture sets the cosy scene of the ground floor brasserie. Dark wooden panels line the walls and traverse up onto the ceiling from which hang beautiful globe lights with brassy accents.
Walking up the dark-black staircase guests arrive into a bright, modern restaurant space where the white and powder blue colour palette provide a stark contrast to the ground floor. The ceiling has been removed to expose the roof structure and light wooden columns divide the fireplace area from the rest of the restaurant. Carefully designed, the restaurant windows face the outside train station clock though a traditional leaded window, adding a send of romance to the space. Coupled with wall illustrations resembling typical Parisian style, powder blue armchairs and copper tables, the finish to the third-floor restaurant holds a touch of modernity and true romance of the French kind.
Designed by 32 mq
Furniture by Inside Out Contracts
Photography by Alan Williams