The Blues Kitchen has opened in Brixton, London offering a proven formula of late night live music, authentic BBQ food and an amazingly large selection of bourbons. Located in what was once the old Electric Social premises, the cavernous ground floor space is dominated by a flamboyant faience-fronted, ceramic tiled bar, which has been designed and hand-manufactured by Craven Dunnill Jackfield.
This contemporary installation of Victorian styled ceramic tiles breathes new life into this traditional art form and highlights the practicality of ceramics in a bar environment.
The faience tiled bar stretches 10 metres long and is set off against a back-drop of white and blue brick shaped ceramic tiles and amber dados, which define arched recessed areas. There are five different designs of tile which clad both the bar and five floor-to-ceiling pillars. Each of the central, large green tiles measure 245x 600mm and are convex, weighing around 10kg each. The deeply textured relief design dates to the late 19th century and features a repeating urn motif; these tiles are bordered by four styles of decorative blue and amber coloured dado tiles. The same designs are featured on the 2.5m tall pillars, which are capped with deep capital tiles, decorated with an acanthus leaf design
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