Côte, Henley-on-Thames, UK

Effortless modern French elegance for day-to-night dining

Brand | Interiors 

France and food – they’re inseparable. The challenge is to signal a Frenchness that’s distinctive without pastiche or stuffiness. So we looked for the spirit of modern France in the relaxed elegance and easy, day-to-night transitions of French regional dining.

The new Cȏte has light and variety, the theatre of a feature bar, and bespoke floral murals by Normandy artist, Claire de Quénetain. There’s wood, leather, and velvet in the seating; banquettes with rails or glass partitions; and tiled walls festooned with plates and mirrors. This thoughtful eclecticism suggests a style that’s grown organically – a way of unchaining the chain and rooting each restaurant in its own neighbourhood and community.

Related Work

Go back
Delve: A trip to Henley
Getting a feel for the spirit of the neighbourhood, a heritage market town on the river.
Henley is twinned with Falaise in Normandy, an opportunity to seek out new stories of Frenchness away from Paris
Delve: A trip to Paris
Our research trip focused on French art & styling: from vibrant wall murals to dried flower table dressing, these details make your dining experience memorable.
Dream: Creative Development
Our design vision introduced signature design elements. A feature bar and softer seating options create a space that works from day to night ensuring the restaurant is active all day long.
The Grab & Go station works as a fresh produce display to open the restaurant experience to passers by - engaging with our local community on a daily basis.
Draw: Realising our vision
Deliver: Localising through art