Creative agency 7Gods has just completed the branding, interior design and project management of Greenleaf, the latest gem in London's entertainment scene.
With a creative balance of yin and yang energies, the practice has renovated two levels of an existing site into a contemporary Chinese restaurant and two karaoke bars that include a number of items 7Gods created and made especially for the venue.
The innovatively designed 30-seat restaurant is on the ground floor. With a subtle nod to "yang" energies traditionally represented by the colour white, its cool palette allows the flavourful ingredients of the Asian cuisine to appear even more vibrant. Smoky grey "Ghost" chairs from Philippe Starck, deep- buttoned fawn leather banquettes, Carrera marble tables, limestone floors and glossy white wall glazing - some of which doubles as operable cabinetry - are used alongside bespoke décor crafted by the design team.
A clever wallcovering system of circles cut from taupe toned felt provides a stylishly retro vibe as well as sound absorption. 7Gods also created bespoke pendant lights for the restaurant. Made from loops of white webbing, the fixtures above the dining tables are stationary, where as those in the front window are fashioned from motorised, laser-cut loops of PVC which open and close like "blossoming" lotus flowers. 7Gods has plans to take these into production and create an iPhone app for controlling their movement.
The entrance to the toilets makes an imaginative use of spare change where walls clad with 16,000 pence coins. As a result, the total installation costs came in at under a meagre £30 per sq. metre. Similar in style to those in the restaurant, a pendant light made from black webbing illuminates the varied shades of copper.
Downstairs in Greenleaf's karaoke space, high-gloss lacquers and deep jewel-tones shape its "yin" energies - traditionally associated with the colour black. At the intimate and dramatically styled reception area, LED and MR16 spotlights have been inset into the soffits and toe kicks of the walls, and the black granite-topped bar emanate an ethereal glow which makes the gleaming surfaces appear to float. Deep-buttoned banquettes covered with iridescent upholstery wrap around each of the two karaoke rooms and are backlit to create a theatrical effect. Vividly striped padded velvet walls contribute drama and aid the acoustics for the state-of-the-art karaoke system featuring 42" monitors.