The restaurant was designed to celebrate the energy of London and Istanbul, famed as two of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. The interior scheme is theatrical: guests are offered a variety of food-related experiences in separate areas, ranging from an intimate chef’s table to an external sushi counter and a lush, planted terrace.
A simple palette of quality materials gives Duke a sense of luxury. The floor inside the restaurant is dark oak, and the columns are veined grey marble, whilst the main bar dominating the inside of the restaurant is topped in a highly polished brass. The restaurant, which opens onto a large terrace with stunning views of Istanbul, utilises generous windows to dramatically transform the space from day to night.
Conran and Partners worked with Hoxton Art Projects, an East London-based art consultancy, to commission a selection of bespoke pieces that would play with the changing light. These include four wall installations by Elaine Mullings, with 2,5000 separate aluminium shapes that together resemble a shimmering flock of birds.