Villandry Shortlisting for NAS Design Award

du Boulay are delighted to announce that Villandry St James has been shortlisted for the NAS Design Partnership Awards.

Villandry’s latest opening is sited in a stunning Grade II listed building originally built a century ago in 1914. Designed by Stiff +Trevillion Architects and William Nickerson Interiors, the theme centres on the 19th Century Parisian Grand Café. Original listed elements have been carefully retained and refurbished – the ornate fibrous plaster ceiling, the wrought iron balustrade and the marble staircase.

The layout was developed around a central bar forming a focal point to the double height bar/café with views beyond to Waterloo Place. Chairs and banquettes were designed and made with red leather and dark oak. A new tumbled stone floor scaled to suit the dimensions of a large space was added. A large oak and marble bar with brass rails forms the centrepoint of the main room with a full height, red, back lit feature bar display.

The Grand Café/restaurant was completed in mid November 2013 and is the first of a number of buildings from Piccadilly down to Waterloo Place that have been refurbished by the Crown Estate in their major redevelopment programme for the St James district.