By Martin Naylor,

The year started with a bang when we were commissioned to design Great British Menu’s Scottish chef Mark Greenaway’s eponymous restaurant. Mark got the keys to his new venture at 69 North Castle Street in Edinburgh shortly after New Year, and had his first bookings confirmed for 18th January. It was a great exercise in working fast and to a budget. Mark had assembled a team, including local firm D&D joinery, to fabricate and install the specialist fittings, as well as decorators, electricians and even his own staff to help achieve this tight deadline. The design is in keeping with the building’s original features and serves as the perfect backdrop to Mark’s original cuisine. We used raw, mild steel sheets to create bespoke shelving and bar detailing, laser-cut signage, and various lengths of MDF skirting to create a profiled bar front. Existing brass chandeliers nestle together to form a striking single light feature; pegboards and hangers serve as wall-mounted glass storage: a low-tech / low-cost solution that adds to the sense of bespoke design.


By Martin Naylor,

Great to see Harvey Nichols shoe department trading. And great to be a pair of Alexander McQueen heels to the good. Edinburgh’s luxury retail environment looking just a little more luxurious! The mirrors have worked particularly well as they give the customer the chance of a 360 degree view. And what a pleasure to work with the team at Harvey Nichols, and retail interior wonder contractors like Barth and Garenne, thanks to everyone. Like-for-like trading figures are up and that’s what it’s all about. Great to see a retail interior making a real contribution to ‘omni channel’ shopping. Hoping the London team will be impressed …

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