Fortnum & Mason
Bespoke Timber Revolving Door
Fortnum & Mason is one of the most luxurious department stores in the world, providing a treasure trove of hampers, teas and coffees, wines and spirits, homeware and gifts. It was established as a grocery store in 1707 by William Fortnum and Hugh Mason in Piccadilly, London, and today it has additional stores at St Pancras railway station and Heathrow Airport, as well as Dubai.
A Bespoke Project Formed Through Great Relationships.
Boon Edam was selected as the main supplier for the bespoke entrance after being recommended to MBDS by Fortnum & Mason due to its speciality in revolving doors. ‘The entrance to the restaurant is essential,’ says Lisa Phillips, Head of Property at Fortnum & Mason, who was closely involved throughout the whole project. From the first point of contact, it was clear that Boon Edam would be supplying a decorative hand-made wooden door - with a modern twist - in a relatively short lead time to meet the deadline for the grand opening. "It's the first thing that you see when you walk in. The overall aesthetic has to be appealing, welcoming and give you a window into what you will experience when you are dining at 45 Jermyn St.” says Lisa Phillips, Head of Property at Fortnum & Mason.
Where Safety Meets Grand Designs.
The design of the door was vital, as it not only needed to fit in with the look and feel of the restaurant, but also the Fortnum & Mason brand. ‘We had to get the balance right between high quality workmanship and something that also felt independent to the store, something that was quintessentially English.’ continues Lisa. ‘Added to the design process, we also had to consider our doorman. He needed to feel safe, and benefit from some kind of shelter in the wind and rain. Furthermore, our customers also had to be protected from the elements to ensure that they have a comfortable dining experience.'