Tom Dixon has added another piece to his jigsaw-like King’s Cross complex with the opening of new restaurant the Coal Office, which doubles as a testing ground for his products.
The British industrial designer announced last year he was relocating his studio HQ to the 1,625 sq m central London site, which takes over the offices of a Victorian-era former coal yard near the railway station. Now Dixon has collaborated with Israeli restaurateur Assaf Granit on the eatery at its heart.
Dixon has paired the building’s original brickwork and windows with granite countertops and his industrial-style designs pieces. ‘Fat’ bar stools flank the bar while his signature lighting pendants illuminate the London restaurant’s long and thin volumes.
Prototype Dixon-designed tableware is also being tested on diners ahead of it going into production.
Food meanwhile has a mostly Mediterranean bent with dishes – including sea bass pritim with Israeli cuscus, pumpkin butter, cured cucumber and thugurt – inspired by Granit’s Israeli roots, as well as North African and Middle Eastern influences.
The Coal Offices sits next to Thomas Heatherwick’s upcoming Coal Drop Yards shopping centre, which is also scheduled to complete next month.
4-10 Bagley Walk Arches, Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4DH