Cantering onto London’s vibrant culinary scene in the mid-1990s, the Gaucho steakhouse chain - once synonymous with crystal chandeliers and authentic cow hide banquettes - has undergone a stunning metamorphosis. Reflecting the vision of CEO Martin Williams, who took the reins in 2018, the Argentinian-inspired restaurant group has revamped both its menu and its appearance in a bid to attract a new wave of environmentally conscious customers. Solus Area Sales Manager Michael Irvine teamed up with René Dekker Design to complete the latest Gaucho refurbishment project which saw the ground floor of the three-storey venue, located in the 02 Arena in Greenwich, refreshed and reinvented. Bringing it up to date with 21st Century design, all remnants of the restaurant’s former nightclub-esque appearance have vanished and a sophisticated and tastefully opulent ambience now pervades. Black and white Shadowed tiles from Solus’ Esteem range have replaced the once dominant cow hide furnishings throughout the design, offering a subtle nod to the brand’s former identity. Laid on mass, the statement floor offers a truly striking aesthetic. In the entrance and main dining area, the range’s dynamic and versatile personality appears no less bold when arranged in partnership with Solus’ rustic concrete-effect Kingsley tiles from the Replicate range, cut to a bespoke size of 736x736mm. The rich and earthy tones of the latter create a powerful contrast when placed side by side with the luxurious aesthetics of their marble-effect counterpart, while the duo’s intriguing horizontal layout serves to entice customers over the threshold. Photography: James Balston Photography
Solus CeramicsAn innovative and dynamic company, Solus is renowned among the architectural and design community for being one of the UK’s leading suppliers of commercial floor and wall tiles. We pride ourselves on being ahead of the curve, sourcing cutting-edge ranges and predicting future trends, and are passionate about providing first-class customer service. We recently augmented our extensive catalogue of approximately 100,000 porcelain, ceramic, glass, metal and natural stone products by launching organic flooring, luxury vinyl tile, engineered hardwood flooring and cork ranges. Our nationwide team of Area Sales Managers can also source custom-made products to assist in the creation of truly unique designs, and we provide a wide variety of bespoke tile cutting services at our head office in Birmingham. Well established within the industry, having launched in 1995, we are partnered with some of the world’s leading tile factories including Italian-based Casalgrande. Over the years, we have amassed a wealth of experience and expertise, and the business has grown substantially, catering for projects across a wide range of sectors. From the automotive and retail industries to hotel and leisure, office and workplace, swimming pool and spa, and restaurants and bars, it is our mission to provide the perfect solution for any design project. We provide comprehensive technical information for all of our products and are able to offer detailed fixing specifications. In addition, we can deliver advice on British Standards, and offer information on cleaning and maintenance, environmental and sustainability credentials, pendulum testing, and tile matching. We are featured on NBS Source, offer our clients free RIBA approved CPD seminars and provide a complimentary next day sample service.