Rhodes reserves Real Studios look

Real Studios is to design interiors for a City of London restaurant run by chef Gary Rhodes at high- rise office complex Tower 42, which is also known as the NatWest Tower.

Rhodes’ 70-seat restaurant, Rhodes 24, opens in September (concept pictured). A public restaurant, it will replace the building’s existing Level 24 eaterie and is the first venue Rhodes has launched with newly-founded commercial catering company Restaurant Associates.

Real Studios won the work after an unpaid, three-way creative pitch two months ago. It has this week received sign off for its detailed design concepts and work is about to start on site.

Interior colourways are inspired by the shades found in artichokes – lilac, pink and blue/green, says Real Studios director Yvonne Golds. The group has also introduced a more ‘positive, obvious’ entrance to the restaurant, which previously too closely resembled an office, she says.

Interiors graphics, comprising sketches of sculptures by Helen Sinclair, are by Surface 3 founder Matt Bigg and will be wall-mounted. A sculpture by Sinclair will sit in the bar.

Menus and cards are by graphic designer Mandy Sheliker.

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