The power of passementerie was in full effect at the FT How to Spend It Restaurant at Focus/19. Rising above the bright, airy space was a magnificent tiered tower of Houlès’ ‘Ebony’ cut fringe. Beneath this installation, distressed metallics and deeply textured fabrics brought a sense of urban glamour, with CTO Lighting’s alabaster and bronze ‘Lucid’ lights (from Fox Linton) gently illuminating the bar. Round banquettes were upholstered in ‘Vasily’ fabric by Créations Métaphores at Abbott & Boyd, ‘Hallerbos’ fabric from Kravet and ‘Totem’ fabric from Pierre Frey, trimmed with Samuel & Sons’ ‘Harbour’ cord. ‘Galaxy’ wallcovering by Scalamandré and paint by Zoffany complemented the space’s ambience.
The temping menu featured small plates including tuna tartare and beetroot carpaccio alongside more substantial dishes such as truffle and porcini tagliatelle, plus a well-curated wine list.