Working with a variety of London based architects and interior designers means that we sometimes come across requests that really allow us to have quite a lot of fun! None more so than the following huge bespoke flooring for a Mayfair London restaurant
Recently we had an enquiry on behalf of a London business-man looking for around a 1000 square metres of flooring in three different colours to cover a new 3 storey fine-dining restaurant in Mayfair. We were told that the client needed a light, medium and dark stained natural oak flooring for each floor respectively and that they would like something that would really stand out.
After journeying up to London several times with a variety of different samples,the client decided upon a floor from our Snakefloors range and so we set about finding the correct finishes by ordering unfinished Snakefloor boards and staining them a variety of colours. Upon seeing these, the customer finalised his choice of colour.
Some time later, were informed that the design for the interior had changed somewhat and that the curvature of the Snakeboards would not be required, but that the client would now like a wider straight plank with a high level of distressing. After contacting a huge variety of manufacturers to look for a floor that would really suit the surroundings of such a large restaurant, we managed to source the largest length wide boards that we have ever come across; 340mm Wide, 3900mm Long, nearly double the width and length of a standard engineered board! However, these boards were not available in the colour finish required…
Having worked with so many manufacturers over the years, it was not long before we managed to find someone that could give us the finish that we needed on such a large board. We quickly had samples of the unfinished flooring sent to us from Europe and in turn had them finished by another manufacturer before being driven back up to Mayfair where we began talking about the distressing.
Taking some more of the unfinished samples, we used a technique called brushing to remove the softer part of the woods grain and give texture. After talking with client again, the textured finish was decided upon, although the client wasn’t happy with normall distressing and wanted the kind of worn effect that high traffic flooring would naturally get over a very large period of time.
Whilst normal distressing techniques can make a floor look old, over very large areas such distressing can sometimes look a bit contrived due to its randomness along the boards. After contacting yet more of our manufacturers, we found someone who could distress our flooring in a way that would look completely natural. Rather than random digs and grooves, this manufacturer hand finished the planks so that the distressing flowed along the lines of the grain and blended from one plank to the next in a way that looked like the flooring had been fitted before distressing.
After receiving more finished samples we took another trip to London to finalise the deal. The client loved the effect created and we are really looking forward to fitting such an unusual custom made flooring that has required the work of 3 different manufacturers.
UPDATE: We could be set to have even more fun as we have been asked if it is possible to char certain areas of the flooring once fitted! We are about to start experimenting by using blow-torches to blacken areas around knots…