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Tom Dixon’s Burlesque-Themed Circus: G’hed, Order the Strip!

You’ve never really dined until you’ve dined next to a stripper pole.

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Tom Dixon Circus

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Superstar designer Tom Dixon–whom we’ve covered frequently before–recently finished his newest interiors project, for a new restaurant in London called Circus.

Obviously, restaurants with a circus theme have been done over and over
ago–there was the original Le Cirque, with monkey-drawings everywhere. And Aureole,
in Las Vegas, features trapeze performers that fetch your wine. But where Le Cirque and Aureole are pure kitsch,
Circus aims more for trust-fund cool-kids that wear Helmut Lang.

The building itself used to be housing for the animals performing for the Royal Opera House–a fact that Dixon and the Seven Dials restaurant group have used to inspire the design. Only this time, the performers are human: The wait staff does double duty, performing in cabaret acts.

Ergo, you’ll notice the “Circus” theme referenced in the harlequin pattern on the wall below. And also the stairs attached to the long dining table, so that it can quickly become a stage:

Tom Dixon Circus

Meanwhile, the lounge actually has a stripper pole:

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Cliff was director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.

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