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Roman influence for new London restaurant Kailo

New restaurant Kailo has opened in London’s Shoreditch, seeking to offer a new luxury and contemporary take on sustainable dining.

The concept – including the name, which is derived from the original Indo-European word for health – has been designed by FormRoom.

The agency has been inspired by Ancient Rome in the creation of the restaurant, and this is reflected in all elements, from the interior architecture to graphics and the menu.

Celebrity chef Sophie Wright has created the menu at the restaurant to reflect a mx of seasonal and sustainable sharing plates and cocktails.

A grand central bar and sweeping arched staircase are used as anchor features, taking design cues from ancient Roman courtyards. A bar, dining area, co-working space, and delicatessen are situated around this, with an exclusive private chef’s table at the rear.

Instagram-ready bathrooms feature a central fountain, while rich obsidian stone, mosaic, and a range of finishes are offset by opulent fabrics.

Semi-private booths – with acoustically-engineered panels to allow quieter dining, line one wall. Lighting and general fixtures all seek to put a modern spin on the traditional Roman styles.

 “The material palette was key in translating both the heritage and sustainable aspect of the brand, so our team focused on sourcing authentic elements from the Roman era such as Obsidian and Tadelakt plaster. This is combined with recycled stone, marble and Altrock surfaces, with the aim of using 80% sustainable materials throughout the design,” says the agency.

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