The consultancy was tasked with creating a contemporary interior which reflects the spirit of the restaurant.
Design LSM has been in talks with executive chef Sriram Aylur for around three years, according to senior designer Karen Mitton.
Mitton and LSM managing director Steve La Bouchardiere travelled Southern India with Aylur to find inspiration, visiting destinations including Kerala and Cochin, where architecture combines Indian, colonial and Portuguese influence.
The St James’s Park venue comprises a 200m2 restaurant, 17m2 bar and 79m2 private room, all of which are being treated with dark grey tones, and accented amber, jade and blue fabrics.
Ornamental jaali screens finished in bronze, limestone rendered walls, weathered timbers and ‘atmospheric’ lighting have been integrated.
A bespoke candle wall, inspired by a Hindu temple in Kerala, consists of small portholes filled with tea lights.
Curved wooden slats have been applied to the ceiling creating what Design LSM calls a ‘soft, wave-like effect’.
Features include a hanging ornament made of 1100 hand-made ceramic discs and 2.5m-long Indian fishing boat, which is to be turned into a glass top bar.
La Bouchardiere believes the design will offer Londoners a ‘sophisticated, tranquil dining experience’ and says, ‘Following our trip to India we wanted to recreate the same sense of serenity coupled with the first-class hospitality you experience in Indian hotels.’
The Quilon Restaurant will re-open in March.