This interior design and transformation project of the iconic “Rockmount” Restaurantʼs former staff quarters on first floor of this listed building, has been transformed into a ”high style” restaurant in Guernsey, Channel Islands.
The designer created a stylish, up-market destination restaurant and bar design including terrace areas for RW Randall seating for 90 covers, overlooking coastal views. The approach Michele Hilton Design Ltd wanted to illustrate were the seating arrangements which were oriented to benefit from ocean views and featured bespoke curved dining benches. Loose furniture was employed to maximise versatility and private parties.
The palette of understated glamour features greys, golds, ochre and pearl inspired by Guernseyʼs skyscapes, westerly sunsets and marine lichen. Michele Hilton Design Ltd clad the interior shell in Victorian-styled wall panelling and textured vinyl seagrass wall covering to exude luxury and recall the propertyʼs former heritage. The flooring finishes featured stonewashed timber plank, mosaic tile and Bolon vinyl textile laid to a bespoke “wave” pattern. Antiqued brass, mother of pearl mosaic tiles, and matte gold plaster “impasto” finishes added a luxurious patina to the bar frame. Layered lighting featured iconic fixtures from Niche Modern. Bespoke furniture lent a nod to regional sea-life through scalloped fluted benches upholstered in shagreen textures, mohair or coral patterned velvets and teal passepoil.
Michele Hilton Designs Ltd was the sole Guernsey interior design firm pitching against London firms for this project. As a small firm under 5 employees, they won the commission in October 2013 and completed in November 2014. The high specification project was their first of this scale, and was executed successfully.