It seems everyone wants to take a trip on the Orient Express at the moment. We went inside the world of London restaurant, Bob Bob Ricard, to discover how to perfect this interior look.

As far as the eye can see the Far East is a place of riches for designers across both the interiors and fashion worlds. Combining art, history and material, the look is about a clash of prints – albeit harmonious – and vibrant colours. Decorating an interior in this style packs a powerful punch and will lend your home statement appeal but getting it right, is no easy feat. We stepped inside the fanciful world of Bob Bob Ricard and spoke to one of the two owners of the restaurant, Leonid Shutov, to get his insider tips on how to get the oriental look.

There is nothing at all mundane about this amazing, high-Edwardian space.

The restaurant, which serves English comfort with with Russian twists, is a moody den of 1920s glamour evocative of the Orient Express’ heyday and is the work of interior designer virtuoso, David Collins. From the bellboys in pink bow ties to the “Press for Champagne” button at each table, this venue is truly a trip to a bygone era high in exoticism. Fashioned with with antiqued mirror panels on the ceiling, neo-Victorian wallpapers, teal leather and tons of pink, Leonid says the inspiration behind Bob Bob Ricard was the excitement of the Golden Age of travel and the 1920s. “The Orient Express is the quintessence of this,” he explains. “A time when travel used to be a glamourous adventure and not a mundane business trip”.

There is nothing at all mundane about this amazing, high-Edwardian space. From the bellboys in pink bow ties to the “Press for Champagne” button at each table, this venue is truly a trip to a bygone era high in exoticism. Oh my.

Leonid Shutov

LEONID-SHUTOV

Leonid Shutov (aka Bob Bob) co-owns the amazing Bob Bob Ricard restaurant with Richard Howarth. Visit Bob Bob Ricard or call 0203 145 100.

Lenoid Shutov’s Tips for How-To Get The Oriental Look

  1. Look for inspirations by going on a tour of a stately home. Every good stately home will have at least one oriental room. The Hermitage in St Petersburg has half a dozen.
  2. Choose one colour and stick to it.
  3. A focal point is a must when styling an oriental room. Anything that takes some effort to like when you first see it is usually a great centre piece
  4. More is always better. You can never go wrong with more. If you go for less you risk ending up with the look of a generic five-star asian hotel from an international brand.
  5. Keep playing with and changing things until they are perfect – much of the interior of Bob Bob Ricard was rebuilt twice or even three times before we got it right.