A grand opening

Last night saw the opening of a new branch of Thai restaurant chain Busaba Eathai at London’s Old Street.

The restaurant, which features sleek dark wood, rattan and bronze interiors by Christian Liaigre and graphics by North Design, is the fifth of the chain to open in London.

Work from photographer Jason Lowe

While the building refurbishment was going on, Cure Studio curated a pop-up exhibiton on the surrounding hoardings, introducing new creative work every two weeks or so. Work from photographer Jason Lowe, fashion label Child of the Jago, illustration agency Higginson Hurst, street art magazine VNA Magazine and curated project Big Antidote was on display, as the stylish interiors were being installed.

Work from photographer Jason Lowe
Work from photographer Jason Lowe

Lowe was sent to Thailand and commissioned to capture the vibrancy of Thai food then created collages of the tasty foods and curious characters he found. Big Antidote was a take-a-pen-and-pass-it-on collaborative comic strip that resembles a grown-up version of a kid’s party game.

Work from photographer Jason Lowe

As well as chomping down on Thai delights such as spicy pork and deep-fried morning glory – the vegetable not the Oasis album, visitors that attended the opening last night were treated to a film by Cure Studio and Studio SRK that documented the hoarding project from start to finish. Watch it below.

Cure Studio produced a magazine about the venture and Higginson Hurst illustrators had also been working hard at Dalston’s Print Club London to produce limited-edition screen prints for guests’ goody bags.

Work from photographer Jason Lowe

The new Busaba Eathai restaurant is located at 313-319 Old Street, London EC1V.

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