ILIV is proud to have been selected for the interior design scheme for Gordon Ramsay’s first major restaurant venture in Manchester the Lucky Cat. Located at 100 King Street in the iconic Art Deco Grade II listed building designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and built in 1935; originally the Midland Bank, this castle-like building is sometimes known as the ‘King of King Street’.
London based design agency Russell Sage Studio, specialists in commercial and hospitality interior design, were the creative brains behind this unique project. The restaurant spans three floors and includes distinctive and quirky elements such as offering private dining in the underground bank vault, there are two additional private dining rooms, a bar and mezzanine for drinks plus the main restaurant on the ground floor.
Leading British fabric manufacturer, ILIV were the ideal partner for this project. For this latest restaurant in the Gordon Ramsay Restaurants group the designers wanted to recreate the atmospheric and intimate style of Tokyo’s 1930’s drinking dens and “Kissa” jazz bars. For this they chose luxurious velvet fabrics from ILIV’s Hampton collection for the dining chairs, booths, and back seating in the main restaurant in the rich Blackberry colourway.
The design blends the building’s Art Deco architectural heritage with 1930s Japanese styling. Diners can enjoy Asian-inspired cuisine in luxuriously eclectic surroundings. The buildings soaring arched windows are echoed in the intricate Art Deco detailing and lighting of the bar and dining areas. In contrast to the high ceilings and airy feel of the interior, the use of lavish textiles and contemporary lighting bring a cosy, intimate feel to the banquettes, drinking areas and opulent dining vaults.
Unveiled in June 2023, the stunning interior is the fusion of grand Art Deco style with intimate lighting and splendour that ensures an exciting experience for the diner.