CULINARY TOUR THROUGH MEXICO
KOL interior design, curated by A-nrd studio, focuses on bringing to life the spirit of Mexico through materiality, craft, and inherent humbleness. To consolidate the look of KOL, A-nrd studio founder Alessio Nardi went on a field trip throughout Mexico – from Mexico City to Oaxaca to the Yucatan – to connect with local businesses and discover the nuances of Mexican culture.
Three kitchen islands positioned in the center of the restaurant create a theatrical yet homey focal point in KOL’s dining room. Each oak wood unit is beautifully crafted with hand-chiseled counters that extend to the ceiling through reclaimed elmwood canopies.
Next to kitchen islands, the stucco wall splits in height to reveal the heroes of the KOL kitchen the fire pit, and the comal oven. Handmade British clay tiles clad the whole area, evoking the traditional Mexican Tezontle volcanic rock tiles in the true spirit of KOL: Mexican soul, British ingredients.
KOL’s range of furniture has all been created bespoke by A-nrd studio in collaboration with artisans in Italy and the UK. The whole furniture collection focuses on subtle detailing and natural materials, a nod to the modernist aesthetic found throughout Mexico.
The chef’s table dining room is inspired by modernist Mexican mansions with raw textural materials and a Wabi aesthetic. The bespoke tables by A-nrd studio continue the language of interior architecture.
Two hand-planed oak planks are merged by a central concrete runner to create a sectional sharing table for up to 22 guests. Four long hexagonal pendant lights with corn husk marquetry shells hang above the central seating area to light up space – a collaboration between Fernando Laposse and A-nrd studio.
Next to the chef’s table, the lively Mezcaleria bar brings a Mexican coastal vibe to London. The extensive use of natural materials – reclaimed wood flooring, bespoke caned booth seating, seagrass lights – add warmth to space and contrast the monolithic concrete bar with reclaimed oak beam inserts.
Find more at https://www.a-nrd.com/work/kol/