Ormer Mayfair is ready!
After two years of hard work, planning and building the wait is finally over! Ormer Mayfair is now finished.
Tony Filmer our interior designer who also worked on the refurbishments of the Fleming Hotel rooms, sat down with us for an interview to give us some more insight into the inspiration behind the restaurant.
Tony Filmer Interview
Style and interior Ormer Mayfair
Interviewer: What was your inspiration behind the design of Ormer Mayfair?
Tony Filmer: Effectively what we were looking for was something that was quintessentially English or British. It is slighting 1930’s, a sort of 30’s feel of understated glamour. The overriding word is classic, it needs to feel comfortable in 15 or 20 years it has to be timeless.
Interviewer: If you could describe the interior of Ormer Mayfair in three words what would they be?
Tong Filmer: Classic, Understated, Glamour
Interviewer: What colour pallets did you go for?
Tony Filmer We wanted to go for a very classic English look so its aged oak with that 30’s grey liming effect. We used a pallet of forest green velvet textured and a distressed British racing green leather. It is an understated pallet with little hits of red, for example on the table lamps there are linen shades with bright jewel red edges and that’s picked up in the red paneling and the red curtains.
Unique materials, favourite features and keeping with trends
Interviewer: Are there any unique features in the design or any interesting materials that you have used?
Tony Filmer: Well there are, we particularly love the floors which I think have been beautifully done. Again the floors have a 30’s feel but it actually looks geometrical and looks contemporary as well. We used two types of marble, there is Carrara and Nero Marquina so they are quite contrasting.
Interviewer: Are there any features of the restaurant which are your favorite?
Tony Filmer: I love the floor and the fish skin printed desk and the chakra green bar front with the bronze studs.
Interviewer: In what way do you keep Ormer Mayfair current with new trends, will it still feel contemporary in 5 years’ time?
Tony Filmer: We didn’t mean to be trendy as such, there is a sort of feel of current style, but because its classic it probably won’t date. I think things like the lighting do a lot, the light fixtures are contemporary it has that exposed bulb feel which is an on-going trend now.
Interviewer: What are some of your favourite materials to work with and have you incorporated any into the project?
Tony Filmer: Definitely wood, I love paneling but it’s a real challenge . We like the wood accented with bronze, brass and glass. It is very important to get a contrast of textures in a restaurant otherwise it all looks a bit flat. I think that the marble floor works really well with the wood. What we shouldn’t forget is what makes the restaurant is not the interior it is about the glamours people who will be coming here, you don’t want the interior to fight them or compete, it needs to complement them.
How did you approach the Ormer Mayfair Project
Interviewer: How did you approach this project seeing as you worked on the Fleming’s Hotel bedroom refurbishments, did you want a completely different approach?
Tony Filmer: When we were doing the bedrooms of course we didn’t know we were going to be doing the restaurant, so we didn’t purposely try to have a synergy between the two. The bedrooms are vaguely 30’s feel and again with beautiful attention to detail and quality materials, so there is a similarity there.
Other bars in London
Interviewer: Are there any other restaurants or bars in London that you like to visit or even like the interior?
Tony Filmer: I love the Connaught bar I think that is beautiful and the Blue Bar in The Berkley is such a classic, I mean it was really ground breaking. We don’t like so much trendiness but we like classic with a modern twist. I just think it sits really well and when you are doing commercial interiors you do need to appeal across the boards, we are not just appealing to English people so there is a sort of element of an international style.
Career highlight and challenges faced during Ormer Mayfair project
Interviewer: What is the highlight of your career so far?
Tony Filmer: I actually think Flemings has been one of them! We have just won an amazing project in a Casino in Mayfair that I am really excited about. We are learning all the time I think that the day I stop learning stuff will be the day I probably give up.
Interviewer: What is the biggest challenge you have had to face with this project do you think?
Tony Filmer: The building because these are 13 Georgian townhouses, you would never think that now! In order to make the restaurant work we had to work with the buildings. What we have tried to do is create this very long walk way down through the whole restaurant with little individual rooms off it, well one big dining room and we even created a little naughty room with the red velvet curtains which is a sort of private room.
Lighting, bespoke interiors and Private dinning room
Interviewer: What kind of lighting have you gone for in the restaurant?
Tony Filmer: What we have tried to do is have that slightly industrial chic with the exposed light bulbs. We had a limit on what we could use for electrical points, every single light fitting in this space is LED and it’s all dim-able. What that means is that in the dining room we have something like 39 lights on the ceiling, which a couple of years ago would be 60 watts a piece which is a huge amount, we probably now have less than 60 watts in all 39 lamps. So from an environmental point of view this is amazing.
Interviewer: Can you explain what your bespoke approach means in terms of Interiors?
Tony Filmer: We were very lucky because the client here is very passionate and they are very trusting and I think that’s an important thing and if I can’t gain the clients trust I have failed. In that respect they gave us free reign. But in regards to bespoke, the only way you can create something that feels exclusive is to be bespoke. The dining room tables the chairs the screens, pretty much everything but the light fittings are bespoke. Some fittings however are not bespoke but still very unique.
Interviewer: Are the Private dining rooms of Ormer Mayfair a bit different to the main restaurant?
Tony Filmer: They are totally different there is a synergy in the type of lighting that’s been fitted, the surrounding wood, a chevron wood but a natural wood, the rug which is bespoke, there is crown cut mahogany furniture which is totally different and it is painted and paneled. The private dining room is also going to be the Ormer buffet table, it is seven meters long so they will lay that out with this fabulous breakfast buffet.
Interviewer: What would be your dream Interior project to work on?
Tony Filmer: I think it would be a really high budget oriental Chinese or Japanese restaurant.