Art Deco meets a soaring Pegasus at Brasserie of Light

Architect Martin Brudnizki has designed a restaurant within Selfridges, London - which also features a stunning centrepiece by famed artist, Damien Hirst.

Caprice Holdings, the luxury restaurant group behind The Ivy, has recently unveiled its latest eatery and bar, Brasserie of Light. Set within the iconic department store Selfridges, the new restaurant is the final part of the store’s £300 million investment in its London flagship. Elegant and artistic, Brasserie of Light can be accessed from the first floor of Selfridges, or through its own direct entrance on Duke Street.

Brought in to consult on design was renowned architect Martin Brudnizki, the man behind the chic renovation of private member’s club, Annabel’s; the result is that Brasserie of Light features bold, colourful and elegant interiors that have been heavily influenced by Art Deco. As the name suggests, light is key to the restaurant, and the east-facing aspect of the space guarantees that it is bathed in natural light.

The dazzling centrepiece at the heart of Brasserie of Light is a 24ft-high, crystal-encrusted statue of Pegasus that soars — with its 30ft wingspan — overhead. The show-stopping artwork has been created for Brasserie of Light by famed artist, Damien Hirst, and it is Hirst’s largest-scale artwork in London to date. “I love the myth of the Pegasus; this is such an exciting project and I love the scale of it,” said Hirst. “I hope it’s going to look like something beautiful from another world.”

On both sides of the atrium-like main dining space, the walls have been covered with Art Deco-inspired mirrors, in order to reflect the light back into the restaurant and onto Pegasus. Brasserie of Light boasts an elegant colour scheme of royal blues and metallic golds and silvers, contrasting with yellow chairs in the dining room, and pastel pink furniture at the bar. The restaurant also features mirrored tables and a mirrored bar, meaning guests will be able to see Pegasus overhead from a range of angles, or out of the corner of their eye.

Brasserie of Light will see Selfridges offer after-hour dining for guests, for the first time in its 109-year history, thanks to the separate Duke Street entrance. The restaurant’s menu will feature a mix of British and internationally inspired dishes, and can accommodate up to 130 guests in the main restaurant and the bar area. Brasserie of Light also has an impressive private dining room, which has been designed to complement the rest of the space.

“In the future, when you think of London restaurants, I hope you will think of Brasserie of Light,” comments Richard Caring of Caprice Holdings. “The Brasserie of Light is a new look spectacle where the input of Damien Hirst, Martin Brudnizki and the absolute strength of Selfridges [has mixed]; this mix has resulted in what I believe to be something very beautiful. It is about light, make-believe, and dreams. Dreams in this restaurant will come true!”

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