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Fettle reveals design for The Elder and The Jib Door, Bath

The L.A and London based studio has completed work on the design of The Elder and The Jib Door, a restaurant and Members Club in Bath, England. The spaces have been created within a Grade I listed series of Georgian Townhouses within the same site as the new Hotel Indigo Bath.

30/10/2020 3 min read

Project Team

  • Client

    Somerston Capital

  • Architects

    Darling Associates

  • Interior Designer


  • Furniture provider


  • Flooring


  • Furniture

    Orior by Design, Taylors Classics, Atlas, Telegraph Contract Furniture

  • Surfaces

    Keim Mineral Paints, Pearsons Glass, Timorous Beasties

  • Other supplier

    Dernier & Hamlyn, Visual Comfort, Halifax Glass

Fettle’s brief for The Elder was to create a restaurant situated in one of Bath’s most notable locations to cater for hotel guests, locals and tourists alike. Fettle centred the design narrative for the project around three principle pillars: the Georgian history of the building and its local neighbourhood, Bath’s strong literary history and its decadent past, as well as the local, ethically sourced British food offering from The Elder.

Spread out across what was previously four Georgian Townhouses, each space within The Elder has a domestic scale, adding charm and character to the interiors scheme. Entering the restaurant, guests are greeted by a traditional timber panelled bar within the entrance, with fluted brass post lights and a scheme and palette that differentiates the space from the rest of the hotel- informing guests that The Elder is an independent entity.

The bar includes an arched timber back bar fitted with a bespoke antique mirror, with leather bar stools featuring turned timber pedestal legs and brass details sitting underneath custom brass and glass chandeliers.

Many of the existing architectural features within the bar and restaurant spaces are listed, and as such Fettle had to treat the space with care and sensitivity. Existing wall panelling has been carefully repaired and restored and where panelling was missing, new bespoke panelling has been installed. Fettle added subtle variations to the new panelling to ensure that future generations will be able to read the layers of history apparent within the space. All panelling has been finished in a traditional green paint colour that includes a crackle glazed finish to add a sense of age and texture.

In the main restaurant, custom-made traditional brasserie dining chairs feature leather seat pads and back support with a brass studded detail on the upholstery. Bespoke timber tables include a double bullnose edge detail and have a similar traditional feel, and a number of custom tan leather, button- backed banquettes bring a casualness to the spaces.

Fettle has also designed a smaller, more intimate dining space that sits at the rear of the restaurant. The room itself is of significant historical importance as it has remained relatively untouched over the years, and the local conservation officer who worked with both the buildings’ architect and Fettle on the project was particularly keen that this room be brought back to life.

Fettle retained the existing panelling, which has been painted in a more contemporary pink finish with a similar crackle glazed effect that has been used within the other dining room spaces. The room features bespoke deep red velvet full length curtains and the same custom dining chairs that feature in the main restaurant, however here they are upholstered in a rich oxblood leather. The existing fireplace has also been retained and restored.

The Jib Door Members Club is located on the ground floor, basement and sub-basement of the hotel, on the corner of the site.

When approaching the project, Fettle played on the eccentric elements of the design narrative to create a space that feels both refined and exclusive. The ground floor space of the Club features timber panelling at low level, painted in a dark green tone with Timorous Beasties, Cloud Toile wallpaper above.

The Members Club also features a small bar with a brass counter and fluted brass undercounter as well as a statement mirror and custom brass bottle display back bar. The bespoke barstools are made from leather with brass pedestals, whilst the lounge furniture seen throughout the rest of the Club is upholstered in a mixture of colourful patterned fabrics, mohair and leathers. This is juxtaposed with striking orange velvet curtains, which gives the room a sophisticated ambience.

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