Hoi Polloi

Universal Design Studio completed the Hoi Polloi bar and restaurant on the ground floor of London’s Ace Hotel. Universal’s brief was to create an English modernist brasserie inspired by mid-twentieth century European bistros, achieving an environment that is both informal and with a sense of occasion.

From the busy high street, customers are directed through a flower shop to reach Hoi Polloi, evoking the senses and establishing an air of calm before entering the restaurant.

Universal extend this relaxed atmosphere into the bar and restaurant with bespoke soft leather booths and low lighting. Warm Iroko timber-panelled walls and Douglas Fir banquettes propose a comfortable and informal experience. Whilst in the dining room, Ercol Love Seats, Butterfly chairs and encaustic ceramic tiles, reference the elegance of classic British dining.

High ceilings, timber-panelled walls and horizontal mirrors were used to create depth in the interiors, allowing the bar and restaurant to feel relaxed and spacious even during the busiest times.

Client: Ace Hotel and Bistrotheque
Size: 500 sqm
Status: Completed October 2013
Design Team: Ani Chepakova, Irenie Cossey, Paul Gulati, Jason Holley, Samantha Leist, Sacha Leong, Daisy Roth, Sonia Tomic
Collaborators: Atelier Ace, Bistrotheque, Benchmark, EPR, RED Engineering, Turner & Townsend, County Contrators, Elektra Lighting, Philippe Malouin.
Photographer: Andrew Meredith