The Stable Block opened as a flexible grand salon and bar hosting private events, weddings, corporate functions, music gigs and exclusive dining experiences. Converted from an unworkable 1970s hotel room configuration, NLS oversaw complex structural alterations as part of the conversion. The design makes the most of the beautiful existing barn structure by exposing the oak king post trusses and creating an impressive expansive space measuring 25m long, 7m wide with a 4.5m in height. NLS's concept was to mix a stable vernacular style with a touch of a City members club. Brick slip cladding is combined with dark stained oak framing and panelling to emphasise the existing stable module and proportion of the room. Oversized coach pendent lamps and fabric wall lights further articulate this idea.
Le Peep Boutique
WINNER of the Best standalone Bar/Nightclub award at the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2015 Le Peep Boutique is a London nightclub with a richly evocative interior, creating an inner world of intrigue and fantasy, inspired by the high style of 1920s Paris and the secret inner world of the peepshow. Nick Leith-Smith’s design is intended to take the guest on a journey through a series of spaces, each with its own unique identity. Le Peep Boutique is set up as a series of individual areas, which cumulatively build to create a masque-like atmosphere, revealing inner circles, theatrical flourishes and hidden zones. The main space functions as a ‘street’, off which are arranged a series of intriguing and varied interiors, accentuating the sense of a visitor attending a series of Parisian boutiques. Bold lighting, elaborate forms and high quality materials are used extensively, from the custom-built leather banquettes and seating booths through to the sparkling glass chandeliers in the bathrooms. Bespoke illustrated wallpapers, Baroque mouldings and patterns add layers of detail and depth.
Pall Mall Offices
The modern office is a functional stage, a multi-layered space that has to work as both work environment and showcase. This fit-out on London’s Haymarket brings together a number of eclectic influences, pairing classic Modernist style with contemporary craft and technology. The initial impact is one of space and texture. A new reception desk, custom-made from brass and wood, forms a strikingly geometric object that breaks the symmetry of the approach from the lift bank. By reconfiguring the desk from its original centralised position, visitors who enter directly from the lifts into the reception are given a different, less formal experience. Behind the desk is a twenty-metre long wall, clad in vertical slats of stained oak. The timber is inspired by the use of rich materials and generous spaces in the corporate Modernism of post-war America. The wall helps unify the space, expanding the visual perception of the office and also serves to conceal two storage cupboards and the entrance to the main meeting rooms.
Nick Leith-Smith Architecture + Design was founded in 2000. The studio’s portfolio includes luxury retail design and high-end residential work, working alongside internationally recognised brands, property developers and private clients. Every project, regardless of scale, is highly crafted, with strong elements of personalisation, material innovation and bold modern style.
Nick Leith-Smith has strong connections to the worlds of fashion and design, and these bold, expressionist qualities are married to a sound understanding of historic and contemporary design, new technology and the extensive use of contemporary craftsmanship, modern materials and strong forms.
The studio’s services are demonstrated through our diverse portfolio of projects spanning multiple and varied sectors: Residential, retail, office, leisure, cultural, education, master planning and landscaping.