Bespoke contract furniture suppliers Design and Contract Interiors has assisted in the re-creation of a popular London bar, restaurant and entertainment spot. The Exhibit Bar in Balham, having been running for 15 years, re-opened its doors at the beginning of 2015 following a complete redesign and refurbishment.

Design and Contract Interiors supplied a mix of brand new furniture including dining tables and banquette seating, as well as reupholstering second hand dining chairs and bar stools to match the design scheme of the new interior setting.

Tim Weatherhead, a joint owner of the Exhibit Bar, commented, “I created and managed all of the design work myself and therefore had a clear vision of what I wanted to achieve. I must say that the end results have far exceeded my expectations and this would not have been the case without the excellent service from the Design and Contract Interiors team, as well as their extensive help and support throughout the whole process.”

Housed inside a restored industrial storage unit, the art-inspired bar and restaurant has many function rooms including a cinema and art gallery to form a creative social setting. The new interior of the Exhibit Bar displays monotone colours and regular patterns which are reflected in many aspects of the furniture supplied by Design and Contract Interiors. Over 50 brand new square dining tables with a polished ebony or white lime wash finish have been placed throughout the bar and restaurant to create a mosaic effect, accompanied by 130 bespoke refurbished dining chairs.

The retro chairs were reupholstered with Kirby District Gold and District Havana fabric, an iconic pattern commonly associated with the District line underground tube seating. This patterned fabric is widely used across the bar, and included on eight second hand retro bar stools, also reupholstered by Design and Contract Interiors.

Over 25 metres of new freestanding banquette seating was upholstered in Sunbury sable green Torino Tuscan leather to be used for both dining and socialising purposes. The sofa style chairs create comfortable seating for customers whilst also co-ordinating with the overall theme of the bar.

Tim Weatherhead commented again, “I really am pleased with how well Design and Contracts were able to meet the specific requirements of my designs and how well the furniture creates the perfect atmosphere for the new era of the Exhibit Bar.”

With over 27 years in the industry, Design and Contract Interiors has manufactured, sourced and supplied bespoke furniture to cafes, restaurants, hotels, pubs, night clubs, bars and office break out areas, working closely with designers and clients to provide solutions to co-ordinate with the design of the setting.

Further information on Design & Contract Interiors is available from the company on 01344 628108, by emailing: [email protected] or by visiting the company’s website at

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