Litecraft City Guide : Duttons, Manchester
We're back in Manchester this week, after a quick visit to Dutton's in Albert Square our Litecraft Merchandiser was drooling over their interior, we couldn't miss this establishment on our blog?
Approaching the old Commercial Union House you could easily mistake Duttons' as just another city centre office block, it's 1980's front comprising of dated red brick doesn't create much excitement. However, on entering under the bricked arches you'll spot the front terrace which has been neatly lined with faux grass boxed hedges, alfresco dining is a must here in the warmer months boasting a great view of Manchester's beautiful Town Hall, inviting and smart. If you're lucky enough, take a seat in one of their giant beer barrels or relax under one of their outdoor heaters.
Inside you get an even warmer welcome with an abundance of exposed brick and dark wood. Immediately you're greeted with a scattering of industrial style caged bulb pendants suspended above the entrance. This feature runs through to other sections, including the bar area and to the left in industrial boxed glass pendants suspended above the breakfast bar style tables, more rustic outdoor boxed wall lights against exposed brick arch columns further reinforce this industrial vibe.
An eclectic mix of artwork is evident such as the spoon feature found in the snug area and the large bottled wall structure situated on the staircase. Coupled with the mix of prints and patterns on the walls and sections of the floor it's not entirely clear what the décor is here with elements of vintage, industrial and even a Moroccan vibe mixed together.
The use of lighting creates a warm ambience, a collection of framed photographs are backlit creating a glowing wall feature whilst LED strip lights illuminate the bar area.
To get this eclectic mix of styles, pull together industrial fittings in rustic finishes, bring colour in with soft pinks and green foliage. Choose patterned soft furnishings and contrast with classic leather seating.
Here's our look book for more ideas...