Plum & Spilt Milk

Role: Architect, Interior & Furniture Design
Completed 2014

Plumb and Spilt Milk sits at the 1st Floor level of the Great Northern Hotel commanding 270-degree views across Gilbert’s Scott’s 19C masterpiece and the newly created Piazza and Concourse forming the heart of the revitalised King’s Cross District.

The room presents a continuous row of 17 full height windows, which drench diners in both morning and afternoon light. The restaurant has 3 areas, an intimate bar for pre diner drinks, lined with decorative art and adorned with deep comfortable furniture, a greeting area occupying the hotels former corridor, lined with walnut panelling and decorative mirrors and the main dining room seating 110 guests.

This remarkable space has been laid out with continuously curving leather upholstered banquette seating which provides the room with a sense of movement and allows diners to select views and aspect around the room according to the time of day and mood.

The furniture has been painstakingly detailed in to provide a sense of luxury and comfort while presenting modern lines and creating a unique character sitting comfortably within the proportions of the 19th Century dining room while appealing to the style and aspirations of the hotel guests. High gloss veneers and leathers are contrasted with cracked lava stone and satin brass trims each reflecting the quality of the light with differing effect though out the day and glimmering in the evening.

The unique ambience in the room in the evening becomes personal to diners as 150 smoked glass pendants gently illuminate playing against the warmth of the deep blue of the ceiling and rich panelling, providing an effect not dissimilar from Whistler’s nocturnes, which encompass both the room and its inhabitants.