Photography: Rebecca Hope
BESPOKE RESTAURANT & BAR FURNITURE
Sweet Chick is a newly opened restaurant, in Market Place, off Oxford Street, London, by American restaurateur John Seymour; its speciality Southern fried chicken and waffles. With four Sweet Chicks in New York and one in Los Angeles, this hugely successful concept, backed by American rapper Nas, is totally new to the London dine-out scene.
Created by in-demand London designers 3Stories, the interior takes inspiration from its stateside counterparts with an added edge of raw materials and off-white wainscoting. Bespoke restaurant and bar furniture has been sourced from contract hospitality furniture supplier Andy Thornton Ltd.
BESPOKE BAR STOOLS
On entering Sweet Chick, the main feature is an impressive industrial-style bar clad in rustic pine and framed in square-section steel tube. Working to a specific design brief for the bespoke bar stools that front the bar counter, Andy Thornton first produced detailed working drawings for approval prior to manufacture. These bar stools feature circular seats upholstered in tiered faux leather, in a mix of grey and chestnut shades, on steel bases with footrests and timber backs.
HIGH DINING POSEUR TABLES
Facing the bar, beside the Sweet Chick specials board are a number of high dining poseur tables where we supplied our standard School bar stools, here customised with faux leather seats.
UNIQUE TABLE TOPS
In the main dining area, we supplied bespoke tables for the seating booths and banquettes which are upholstered in tan faux leather. These unique table tops have been manufactured using a creative new surface from LightBeton, where a real concrete layer is applied to MDF boards to create what appears to be solid concrete. The square and rectangular tops, supplied on our specially reduced in height Inox cast iron bases, are finished with 40 mm scaffold board edging for both aesthetics and durability.
THE RECORD SHOP
The rear of the restaurant can be closed off with Crittall-style metal bi-fold doors to become the Record Shop, a private dining space for 24 people dedicated to all things music. Here we supplied our School side chairs, some in ribbed tan leather, others stained and upholstered to the designers’ specification, around more of the LightBeton concrete tops and cast iron bases.
Andy Thornton was also involved in the outside terrace furniture, supplying timber tables and bespoke benches.