Wilder London

Kirkwood McCarthy converted the existing basement of hotel Boundary London into a warm aesthetic for Wilder, a restaurant committed to using produce and ingredients sourced in England.

  • area / size 2,207 sqft
  • Year 2019
  • Type Restaurant,
  • Wilder London is a modern British Bar, Restaurant and private dining room in Shoreditch, East London.

    Kirkwood McCarthy were asked to transform the existing basement space of Terence Conran’s hotel Boundary London. The fitout was to be mindful of head chef Richard McLellan’s locally sourced ethos.

    A vast 30m long partition wall spans the entire length of the space and is faced with natural clay plaster that brings subtlety, warmth and an acoustic hush to the interior. The specification and expansive use of this material was to conjure an earth-like warmth that played up to the basement location of the site. Elsewhere large sisal rugs and custom made Olive Ash furniture continue this palette of naturally, textural and locally sourced palette.

    Formerly a singular long room, the existing space has been subdivided into zones using a movable clay-rendered partition and three bespoke furniture elements to each the bar, restaurant and private dining.

    The project reused or re-purposed a large quantum of existing furniture, finishes and lighting. The existing site was thoroughly appraised to determine what remained in good working order and therefore could remain or be reimagined. This approach enabled a relatively tight budget to be realized.

    The new material palette and furniture specification had to compliment and transform the existing elements.

    Design: Kirkwood McCarthy
    Photography: Fergus Coyle