Russell Sage redesigns iconic restaurant Quaglino’s

Russell Sage Studio is working on new interiors for London restaurant Quaglino’s.

The restaurant in London’s Mayfair St James is set to reopen in October. It was redesigned by Terence Conran in the 1980s, who owned it until selling off his restaurant empire in 2008.

Quaglino’s was first opened in 1929 by Giovannia Quaglino, and the relaunch looks to celebrate its 85th birthday.

The current Quaglino's interior
The current Quaglino’s interior

The new designs will see the restoration of the staircase, balcony bar, main restaurant and mezzanine private dining rooms.

A new central cocktail bar and a stage for live music performances will also be added. According to a Quaglino’s spokesperson, the ‘Art deco touches will remain, with furniture and colour palettes alluding to the era Quaglino’s was first established.’

The Quaglino's staircase
The Quaglino’s staircase

Iconic design features of Quaglino’s include the Conran-designed 1991 Quaglino’s ashtray, which was shaped like the letter ‘Q’. It has been reported that  25,000 of the ashtrays went missing in a decade.

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