Fish Union is my first commercial project.
Fish Union is my first commercial project. I was approached by Andy & Richard to design a chef-led Fishmonger to incorporate a twelve seater seafood and champagne bar. Andy and Richard have extensive experience working in top London establishments; J Sheekey, The Ivy and Wright Brothers. After discussion with them both, I knew that I had to create a combined operational space that moved away from a traditional fishmonger setting, as well as a space that was inviting for those choosing to dine in.
Fish Union is in a prime location on Chislehurst’s Royal Parade and I was keen to create an eye catching shop front that would spark interest and conversation and an interior that is both memorable and comfortable, reflecting the brand and their story. The job required full project management, design and implementation alongside working with CCE London.
The shop space was a blank canvas and in need of extensive work including supply of utilities, building work, internal fit out, full decoration and reconfiguration. I worked to schedule alongside my trusted trades enabling Fish Union to achieve a pre Christmas opening. I was inspired by Fishmonger establishments across the world that to me, turned the idea of a typical fishmonger shop setting on its head. I worked to combine the use of bold colours, contrasting materials and surface finishes that include blue azure marble floor tiles, blue quartz stone counters, powder coated finishes/colour on the front of the bespoke fish counter and curved powder coated wall mounted shelving/display units.
I introduced statement pendant lighting from Tom Dixon and Flos above the fish counter and in the large arched shop front windows. General and task lighting was carefully considered to allow for multi use of the space throughout the day and evening. A wall of contemporary photography centred around the beauty of fish injects a riot of colour across one wall sitting alongside black and white photos that represent the fishing industry and day boats.
The end result is a contemporary yet fully operational space that is a wonderful addition to Royal Parade, Chislehurst.