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Spotlight: Chef Tom Barnes

We are excited to announce our partnership with chef Tom Barnes on his new restaurant, Skof, which opened in May 2024 – with a vision to create an unpretentious yet ambitious dining experience in the NOMA district of Manchester.


National Restaurant Awards Winner – Skof

We’re delighted to announce that Skof in Manchester has just been awarded ‘One to Watch’ at the prestigious National Restaurant Awards 2024 this week.

Congratulations to Tom Barnes and team.

” Skof might offer a 15-course tasting menu, but it’s being pitched as something that is informal and energetic: a star-chasing restaurant for a city that likes to party. “

One to Watch 2024


National Restaurant Awards List – Aulis

We’re thrilled to see that  Simon Rogan’s Michelin-starred Aulis featured in the National Restaurant Awards List 2024.

Congratulations to Simon Rogan and team.

” In 2023, the restaurant underwent a major glow up that saw it double in size to 12 covers and become more of a complete restaurant experience thanks to the addition of a new adjoining lounge area for guests to have drinks before or after dinner. Design details include a striking stone countertop that spans the main dining space, rich green furnishings and earthy tones alongside warm hues and multi-textural accents. “

National Restaurant Awards List 2024


Mix Awards 24 Finalist – Best Design Firm of the Year

 We’re absolutely thrilled to have been made a finalist for’ Best Design Firm of the Year’ by the @mix.interiors awards. ⁠

As a studio, we strongly believe in the power and value of being strategy-led with a collaborative, inclusive and independent culture and are always looking to evolve with bringing forward-thinking ideas, innovative partnerships, and sustainable solutions to our client partners. ⁠

Well done to our hugely talented team – keeping our fingers crossed for the awards evening. ⁠

Mix Awards 24

To The Table Forum, Vienna

Driving Customer Engagement with the Power of Branding

Paul Mann, our Brand & Creative Strategy Director & Partner recently shared his expertise and insight into creating engaging customer brand experiences at #tothetableforum in Vienna alongside @myfabtravelbook @shangrilahotels and @ennismore


Flock Day Out: Pottery Making

At Blacksheep, we take great pleasure in organising quarterly social events to unite our team and foster creativity. Our spring social led us to Skandihus in Hackney Downs, where we spent an afternoon indulging in pottery, pizza, and prosecco. We enjoyed getting our hands dirty, shaping unique creations ranging from mugs and bowls to trinket holders and more.

It was also the birthday of one of our flock members, providing us with the perfect opportunity to celebrate with a well-deserved birthday cake!



Tim Mutton at Global Hospitality Talk 2024, London

Our founder, Tim Mutton, was invited to participate in a panel discussion at the Global Hospitality Talk held at Raffles in London. The panel explored strategies for future-proofing hospitality brands by focusing on emotive design and improving guest experiences. Topics of discussion ranged from the longevity of design concepts to meeting the evolving expectations of luxury guests. Key insights included debates on whether AI might eventually replace human emotion in design, the importance of providing tailored services for Generation X, and Piers Schmidt’s keynote address highlighting the discrepancy in brand value between hotel brands and those in other luxury sectors.

Global Hospitality Conference



Flock Day Out: Christmas Party

In December, we gathered to toast to a year of hard work and creativity. Our celebration took us to The Alchemist in Battersea, a venue belonging to one of our esteemed clients. The festivities began with a captivating cocktail-making workshop, setting the tone for an evening filled with lively games and a delicious three-course meal.

As we raise our glasses, here’s to another year of creativity, collaboration and craft awaiting us in 2024!

The Alchemist

Blacksheep announce new Director Partnership

IF:AND:OR:ELSE – Informing Future Decisions

Kicking off this year’s Festival of Hospitality, we attended an afternoon at Ember Locke, Kensington to reflect on the past, present and future of hospitality.

Inspirational talks from Philippa Wagner of PeoplePlacesSpaces and Stephen McCall, CEO, Edyn along with a guided tour of the beautiful interiors, designed by House of Dre.

Festival of Hospitality



House of Dre

Flock Day Out: Punting

Last month, our team got out of the studio and headed to Oxford for a spot of punting @cherwellboathouse followed by lunch and a few pints and pimms in the sunshine. Luckily, we all managed to stay dry and enjoy a great day of cruising along the beautiful Oxford river banks together.



Artist Collab: Janie Rochfort

It’s always a joy when we get to team up with talented local artists, like Janie Rochfort @betty_larkin, her dreamy landscape for @stregissf illustrates a distinct sense of place conveying the richness of the San Francisco valleys and hills through a soft tonal palette of pastel pinks, deep blues and rich olive greens.


Full case study here

20 Years of Blacksheep

20 years ago, Blacksheep’s founder, Tim Mutton sought to change the landscape of hospitality and design industries for the better and took the gamble of setting up his own London design agency.

Today, Blacksheep has grown into an internationally acclaimed creative studio, partnering with brands around the world to create powerful and meaningful hospitality brand experiences. This year marks an incredible milestone for our studio as we celebrate our 20th anniversary. Join us as we reflect on two successful decades of groundbreaking design, exploring the past, present and future at Blacksheep.

BIID Interior Design Award Winner 2022

We are honoured by the recognition of all our creative, design and implementation efforts with the Glenlivet Distillery winning Best Design at the 2022 BIID Design Awards held at the Drapers Hall in London.

I feel that this project truly demonstrates all the best in our studio through the collaborative multidisciplinary qualities that it brings to bear across Strategy, Brand, Interior Design and Architecture.

It is also extremely pleasing to see the Glenlivet Distillery Win Europe’s Leading Whisky Distillery Tour at The World Travel Awards 2022.

Thank you JH Pernod Ricard, BIID & everyone associated with the project.

Our Summer Flock Day Out!

Flock Day Out! We headed over to the Surrey Hills for a private tour and tasting from some of the finest English wine, gin and beer producers in the region.

Big thanks to:






We’ve moved into Borough Yards!

We have officially moved into Borough Yards!

“Located a stone’s throw from Borough Market, and within its landmark development, TOG at Borough Yards takes inspiration from the surrounding medieval streets, the famous Borough Market and the emblematic brick arches of the area – with ironwork, textured glass and glazed bricks. Designed with Studio David Thulstrup, you’ll discover a striking, modern lounge with fantastic views overlooking London Bridge, and a timeless, harmonious environment where your teams can connect and grow.”

Five Guys – Celebrate designing 165 stores open

Opening up at two landmark sites in London at St Pauls and Tower Bridge – we are proud to announce a total of 165 stores designed and completed for Five Guys UK! The team visited the Kings Cross branch back in November 2019 to celebrate our 100th store, and hoping we can have lunch together soon to celebrate the next milestone. We’re also meeting the next challenge by adapting our kitchen and restaurant designs based on the current COVID restrictions. 

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