Hawthorne & Heaney for HAKKASAN – Practical application of interiors embroidery

Upholstery embroidery

Continuing from our recent blog on interiors embroidery we though we would show you some recent work for a well known interiors company that Hawthorne & Heaney was commissioned to replace the seating in the high end, modern Cantonese restaurant, Hakkasan.

At the prime location of 17 Bruton  Street, Mayfair Hakkasan boasts a Michelin Starred menu, ‘world class mixology’ and a very prestigious clientele.   Its self described “Modern authenticity” also echoes in it’s interior design.


machine embroidered dragons

Machine embroidery hakkasan

There are not many restaurants that can pull off an embroidered banquette, but Hakkansan is one of the few.  Originally designed by Christian Liagre the aesthetic channels a “sultry Shanghai Chinois chic” with heavily embroidered dragons dispersed about the upper floor, positioned carefully to compliment the feng shui of the space.

The lower floor features an embroidery scrolling pattern which is simpler to honour the quieter space, but by no means less dramatic in the low lighted situ.


Embroidered seating


The practicalities of the project were forefront in our minds whilst consulting.  All the embroideries were to be completed on a thick hide and digitised with wear in mind.   We also had to work to an extremely tight and carefully planned schedule for minimum loss of covers during the upholstery process.

The project was great fun and a wonderful success in regards to planning, production, execution and of course aesthetic and we can’t wait to get our teeth stuck into the next.  We will be sure to keep you updated.