Rose Murray remembers her work on fine dining restaurant Hide, the first project for These White Walls Studio
Hide is an independent three-floor, fine-dining restaurant in London’s Mayfair that launched in Spring 2018. The brief was to transform the existing site into an elegant three story fine-dining venue that housed two separate but interconnected restaurants, serving around 150 covers. The space would hold walk-through wine cellars, a rare spirits bar in the basement, an open bakery, plus five private dining spaces.
The interior needed to feel hedonistic yet homely, rustic yet refined and to offer a unique style of beauty that would stand out from the crowd without being flashy. Elegance and originality were key demands.
Hide was our studio’s first project and as such will always be special to me. There was so much scope to create beautiful bespoke things, which gave me the opportunity to design everything from the dining tables to the drinks trolleys, to the mouldings in the rooms, and even designing cookie cutters for one of Ollie’s inaugural desert dishes.
The palette was really restrained and I loved exploring the potential in all the organic materials – reclaimed timbers, patinated metals, cracked gesso and plaster – to extract different qualities from them. This created the wonderful spectrum of textures throughout the venue that enables guests to have a different experience each time they visit.
The devil is in the detail and people really notice! I constantly receive messages of delight from guests who have been to Hide several times and each time come back having only just noticed the footprints we had carved into the floor, or the tiny keyholes carved into the joinery, or the miniature model of the restaurant that we had hidden in the elevator.
On this project I learned that it is important to remain passionate and inspired about what you do and to inspire others by communicating a very clear vision. That will help you all through times when a build can feel quite tough and relentless, because eventually the beauty will emerge on the other side!