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issue 51 - August/September 2019
CURVE magazine cover August/September 2019
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Ancient Eating

Roman Architecture Inspires Incredible Design

London agency FormRoom drew on the very best in service, function and interior trends within the food and beverage industry to create luxury European restaurant, Kailo. The commercial design agency established that a market gap existed for a luxury, contemporary take on sustainable dining. The stage was set for a restaurant that operated with a mind set of health and wellbeing, but with the visual cues of a temptingly modern luxury environment, celebrating seasonal European cuisine.

Starting with the name Kailo, which is a loose transliteration from the original Indo European word for health, the studio drew significant inspiration from the Roman era. This is evident throughout all touchpoints, including the menu, graphic design and interior architecture. Working with celebrity chief, Sophie Wright, the menu was created to reflect a mix of seasonal, sustainable and botanical sharing plates and cocktails. The East London building sets the structure for this multi functional space, perfectly accommodating different consumer needs from day co working and fast casual to an evening service more aligned with luxury cocktails and dining. The grand central bar and sweeping arched staircase anchor the space, taking design cues from ancient Roman courtyards. Surrounding this conceptual take on the iconic Roman pillar is a bar, dining area, a co working space with a deli and to the rear, an exclusive private chefÂs table experience.

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