The staircase in Lollo Rosso, Morpeth is a feast for the eyes.
Ironmongers John Smail & Sons were the previous owners of the former hardware shop. The building is a prominent feature on Morpeth’s Bridge Street and valued for its local history. The new restaurant interior scheme respected its industrial heritage and retained exposed timber and steels.
Our clients wanted a stair design that allowed customers sight of the kitchen as they enter the restaurant. The reception at the foot of the stair incorporates barista facilities, therefore interfaces were important. Also included in the brief is the feature wine rack/wall behind the staircase.
Our design incorporates oak treads on painted steel stringers. Up-stands of glass give the appearance of open treads but provide extra security for a staircase with heavy footfall. Painted stringers reflect colours of surrounding materials.
A glass balustrade with profiled oak handrail slots into the treads for a crisp finish, and continues around first-floor landing. We re-purposed floor joists and created clamps to support the balustrade. This ensured timber around the balustrade matched the flooring.
The wine rack is free-standing and made from satin polished stainless steel. Cantilevered wine bottles create a room divider that is both decorative and functional.
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