British designer Tom Dixon finished the interior of the Restaurant at the Royal Academy on January 19, at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, England. Dixon oversaw the design as Creative Director of Design Research Studio. The restaurant is part of the Peyton and Byrne restaurant group, which also runs the renowned dining rooms at the National Gallery.
The dining area features a free-standing metal-framed glass unit that houses sculptures previously stored in the depths of the Academy’s archives and not on public view. A bar made of lava stone and handmade bricks lines one end of the room, while the dining area has been divided into zones each inspired by an architect or artist key to the Academy’s history, including John Soane and J.M.W Turner.
Furniture and lighting designed by Dixon pepper the restaurant, including a new range of chairs and the perforated Etch lamps, which hang in clusters above the tables.