Dishoom   King's Cross, 5 Stable Street, London

The faded elegance of the original Irani Bombay cafés inspired the creation of Dishoom. What if a young Zoroastrian had set up a Godown in a warehouse behind a railway terminus circa 1928?

For atmospheric transformations and re-inventions of interiors, we enjoy conversations with designers about what is possible. We help provide the finishing details, setting the scene for an experience, more than just a meal. In this instance, we contributed our handmade glass, as specified by Macauley Sinclair, towards the conversion of the cavernous former railway transit shed. To provide the required authentic detailing amidst the exposed brickwork and dark brown woodwork, we experimented with clear glass in our kiln to achieve nuance, age and subtlety. Once installed, diners pass it by taking it for granted, as part of the old furnishings. And that is the point. Clear factory made glass just wouldn’t cut the mustard when used in carefully sourced antiqued room dividers or reclaimed cabinetry.

You can see through the lobby entrance and the wooden screening with mis-matching glass, here and there, as if broken panes in the 1920s had been replaced only when needed. This is achieved using clear glass with ‘movement’, and handmade opaque glass. More examples including ribbed glass elements feature behind the main bar, in the ‘kiosk’ juice bar, within the wooden screens of the maître d’ stations and alternating in the wooden rails above the seating areas. Other features made in our studios include the arched stained glass windows glimpsed at foot level in the entrance area, and last, but not least, the WCs were provided with very lightly aged vanity mirrors.

Photography by John Carey