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“To mask Inamo’s hardware, we created an inverted Giants’ Causeway, placing ridges alongside to echo the patterns and striations of rock formation”


For example, to mask Inamo’s hardware, overhead, we created an inverted Giants’ Causeway, placing ridges alongside to echo the patterns and striations of rock formation. Elsewhere, we employed a rich, warm, natural palette of colour, material and textures that referenced the pan-Asian origins of the offering: backlit green onyx, a rich, red onyx for the bar, warm timbers and coconut wood.” The floors are finished in a combination of


earthy, neutral and blue/grey limestone and coconut palm wood, while carved red sandstone panels and bespoke textured Armourcoat (see ad, page 14) finish the walls. Some of the Armourcoat walls are down lit to add drama and depth to their shifting sands design. Bamboo canes attached to the floor and ceiling


and set at angles define spaces and create walkways whilst in the restaurant seating areas, dividing


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screens can be moved to re-organise dining spaces. From outside Inamo’s illuminated window is


formed by translucent onyx stone panels which, by night, form a glowing frame and provide head- turning street presence. By day, the frontage acts as an ambient filter, modifying the amount of direct light that hits tables and allows Inamo’s interactive system to be projected at its crisp best. There is something extremely clever about the


interior at Inamo St James, it’s designed in zones and each one is sufficiently different in appearance to encourage guests to return to experience another “space”. This intentional ploy works well in other similarly styled London restaurants like Roka, Zuma, Hakkasan and the Blue Elephant, who all benefit from regularly returning customers. Inamo St James has already been nominated for two awards at the prestigious Restaurant &


Bar Design Awards 2011; one in the independent restaurant section and the other for lighting in the international lighting category. The lighting specialists, Into, have excelled


themselves on this project using every trick in the book to provide theatre, mood and ambiance. It surely won’t be long before more award nominations come their way. The owners have been extremely brave to take


on this site. Lower Regent Street is positively quiet compared to the busier streets around Piccadilly and other restaurants have tried and failed here. But given the success of its Soho sibling where they turn tables most nights I’m sure it won’t be long before people are queuing for a table here. It’s original and great fun and I’m already planning my next visit. • Inamo St James. 4-12 Regent Street, London SW1. Tel: +44 (0)20 7484 0500 www.inamo-stjames.com


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