Art and dining is not a new concept, but Sexy Fish in London’s Mayfair has taken this complementary pairing to a new level. From the Damien Hirst mermaid sculptures to the Frank Gehry Fish Lamps, the evocative theme and luxurious stylings have cemented the Caprice Holdings venture firmly at the top of London’s restaurant style scene.
Serving a cuisine of Asian fish and seafood, Sexy Fish first opened its doors on the 19th October last year. The restaurant’s contemporary interior is courtesy of Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, and was influenced by the style and sophistication of a mid-century brassiere and the patterns and motifs of the ocean. This theme has been majestically brought to life with installations from international names in the worlds of architecture, art and fashion.
Positioned on Mayfair’s prestigious Berkeley Square, the restaurant welcomes guests into an interior unlike anything the restaurant scene has seen before. The Esmeralda onyx floor and striking coral reef mural ceiling are the perfect backdrop for this glamorous and unique dining room. The Michael Roberts’ (Vanity Fair’s style editor-at-large) designed ceiling has been created from a cut out design carefully printed onto a fabric panel and is lit by bespoke spun dish uplighters-specially designed to project light upwards and outwards, so not to distract from the artwork.
One of the main focuses of the interior space is the statement bar, thanks to the largest collection of Frank Gehry’s iconic Fish Lamps which hang above. Behind sits a water feature, which combines with the iconic lighting to create a shimmering atmosphere as if undulating at sea. Positioned on either end of the lava stone bar top are Damien Hirst’s exquisitely cast bronze mermaids rendered in a blue patina. The bar stools clad in custom raspberry colored leather offer the perfect finishing touch to this focus area.
Bespoke banquettes, booths and chairs in a mid-century design comfortably seat up to 190 diners. The restaurant is elegantly divided into intimate areas by low level dividing walls, featuring a handrail composed of patinated brass and embossed leather. Dark stained timber panelled walls complete with antique ‘smoky’ mirrors surround the dining area. Another Frank Gehry sculpture sits across the restaurant and behind a section of raised banquettes; a giant glossy black crocodile tiled in shattered Formica crawls across the wall. Joining this reptilian artwork in the raised area is the kitchen dining counter with space for six and a 3.5 metre long illuminated crustacean display.
On the lower level is situated the Coral Reef room, accessed down a feature staircase constructed from onyx and mirror. Featuring live coral reef tanks across two entire walls, this exclusive and dramatic private dining space for 48 guests. Following on from the main dining space’s theme the palette of this room similarly takes inspiration from the sea. It features silk fabric panels in Keppel, aqua leather bar stools complete scalloped back detailing and a fabric fronted bar with an aqua and off-white veined marble bar top.
A truly unique dining experience, Sexy Fish immerses its diners in an underwater world filled with luxurious finishes, exquisite detail and iconic artworks; the breath-taking interior is matched only by the delicious Asian-inspired cuisine.