Cantrell & Crowley are delighted to see the opening of the recently completed restaurant project, Casper & Giumbini’s, located on the promenade at The Pavilion in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin. The clients are also the owners of the well renowned Deville’s restaurant in Dalkey which we were also involved in designing several years ago. We were delighted to get the opportunity to design their newest restaurant.
Our design brief for Casper & Giumbini’s was to create a Modern Irish Brasserie. As the restaurant is a large space, the challenge was to create an intimate atmosphere for the patrons. This is achieved by introducing a split floor level, a mix of fixed booths and loose seating, along with the extensive use of carefully placed mirrors. It was important for the client to accommodate large groups so flexibility in the seating arrangements was essential. The use of open shelving also assists in visually splitting seating areas, whilst still keeping an openness and display through the restaurant. The client felt it was important that all patrons would find it visually appealing wherever they sit so with the use of a mix of clear and antique mirrors, this reflects all angles of the restaurant.
In order to keep an openness and connection with the kitchen, a large window with a feature tile surround frames the activity of the chefs in the kitchen.
Through the use of warm timbers, dark wall colours, feature oversized gold chandeliers set against a gold wallpaper on the ceiling, the space has a feeling of warmth and a sense of drama upon entering.
A large focus for the client was to include a wide drinks offering with a large bar. The bar is accented by using a darker aesthetic with a black and white mosaic tiled floor and backlit gold mirrors behind the bar. High seating is also provided in this area to create a casual dining option for patrons using the bar.
The restaurant also contains a private dining room that can seat up to 20 people. With the use of full height glazing and sliding door, this allows for privacy when closed however still giving transparency through the restaurant and a snapshot of the impressive wine display on the back wall in the private dining room.
Below are image before works began.