Blanchette East

London, UK
80 sqm

A second outpost for Blanchette and the Alary brothers, serving French dishes with a North African twist on Brick Lane.

The Alary brothers set up Blanchette in the heart of Soho, London in 2013 offering a menu of simple, classic and inventive bistro dishes, naming it in ode to their mother, Blanche.  They approached Blacksheep to design their second concept, a twist on the original, where the flavours travelled South picking up North African influences and blending this with a location which went East, to Brick Lane.

The space inherited was one of clean, contemporary lines so the main challenge lay in ensuring the restaurant had a sense of authentic age reminiscent of the neighbourhood bistro upon which it is styled.  The team were keen to introduce elements of Blanche’s resourcefulness through the styling and collected items but careful sourcing was required to ensure this didn’t venture into pastiche.

The resulting design radiates the true spirit of the neighbourhood bistro; warm, relaxed and intimate with a collected and layered approach to the interiors and styling.  A nod to Blanche’s hospitality is brought by a central fireplace and mix of marble, wood and brass furniture.  The private dining room is enveloped in a hand painted mural by artist Aldo Gigli, reminiscent of a Picasso sketch from his years spent on the French coast at Antibes.


  • Concept & strategy
  • Art direction
  • Interior architecture
  • Spacial philosophy
  • Signage
  • FF&E direction

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