Continuing to take the interior design scene by storm, Fran Hickman’s unique and fresh take on interiors has resulted in an array of fabulous projects across London, from the Moda Operandi store in Belgravia to Goop on Westbourne Grove. Her latest project tackled a section of the ground floor of a fourteen-storey tower block on the lush St James’s street to turn it into a lively and intimate wine bar and restaurant called Locket's.
Originally completed in 1964 by the renowned architects Alison and Peter Smithson, the Grade II listed architectural triumph has recently been radically reinvented.
Working with the building’s original bones, timber ribs were used to emphasise the subdivision of the glazed elevations with the purpose of honouring the building’s heritage and architectural philosophy. Moreover, the building’s post-war post-modernism influence has been honoured as well through the use of mid-century decorations, including handwoven fabrics reminiscent of the sixties and decorative table lights which wear shades made of parchment. The studio’s carefully curated selection of colours and materials, from copper, cork and green veined marble blended beautifully together with autumnal colours is inspired by St James’s Park, which is just a stone’s throw away. The lacquered brass door detailing pays homage to the grand entryways of Milan. Colour was equally as important for the studio when working on the design of the interiors, using a palette of moss greens and burnt yellows combined with cork and patinated copper to create a warm and intimate atmosphere.
Smithson’s influence runs throughout – from the monochrome polyvinyl flooring and veneered timber paneling inspired by Sudgen House (1966) to the clean, curved lines and bull-nosed eding of the bar tops, referencing back to The House of Future (1956) and Villa Borsani's mid-century sensuality.
Sitting within the building’s original double height reception area and extending rather than augmenting the existing structure, Fran and her team have executed a low-key yet opulent space which draws on the structure’s rich history and the family-owned business’s archives. We can’t wait to pay a visit to Locket’s and see the architectural brilliance for ourselves.