Tapas Brindisa, Kensington
The design of Brindisa in South Kensington is a play on contrasts, the most important one being an experience of authentic Spanish food being served in an intrinsically English setting – a traditional London terraced building in the heart of the museum district.
It is a contemporary design that uses the original building to provide character, texture and warmth that enhances the overall atmosphere. There is a mix of contrasting materials but the palette is tied together through the authenticity of those materials. Hand-applied plastered walls sit next to rendered walls which show their brush marks – the workmanship of both is on display. Handmade blue zellige tiles sit next to oak panelling combining the contrast of the glossy tile with the texture of a rustic natural material. Brass is used as a highlight around the space both in the detailing between the joints of materials but also in the lighting – providing the design with the touch of glamour needed for the restaurant to belong in its illustrious neighbourhood. It’s an authentic experience that brings Spanish food to South Kensington.
Photographs by Billy Bolton