Rocket Leisure – Old Street & Venn Street Records

Location: London

Commissioned by: Rocket Leisure

Interior Design

Tekne Shopfitting Ltd.

Insight

Rocket Leisure has given a new lease of life to the live music venue in London with its three venues, in East London’s Shoreditch and south of the river in Battersea and Clapham. Live music together with bespoke cocktails, international beers plus pizzas made the traditional way by a resident pizzaiolo (that’s the proper term for a pizza chef) are served up at Old Street Records, Northcote Records and Venn Street Records.

The Solution

With established venues in London, both south of the river – Northcote and Venn Street Records – Rocket Leisure looked to the heart of East London’s Shoreditch for its latest venture – Old Street Records.

With an even greater emphasis on live music over its two floors than its predecessors, customers can enjoy a variety of music on the ground floor level, seating such as this square stitch banquette with its sprung base providing high levels comfort.

A diamond stitch back banquette nestles into one of the recesses in the basement, where customers can sample jazz or DJ sessions.

Craftwood’s banquettes for Old Street Records have the rather unusual feature of removable sprung seats, providing comfort while affording additional storage space.

The leather complements the interior look of bare brick and dark woodwork, two differing tones of brown leather being utilized on separate banquettes.

Rocket’s first venture, Venn Street Records, close to Clapham Common, is a somewhat more intimate venue than its larger cousins…

…employing stylish diamond stitch pattern back banquettes amid a decor of music posters.

The Results

A well thought out, themed interior, music, cocktails, plus gourmet pizzas, quickly turned Old Street Records into a bustling success, the epicenter of Shoreditch nightlife no less, according to Time Out. It mimicked that achieved by Venn Street Records in Clapham, Rocket Leisure’s initial venture, for which Craftwood has also provided seating. Indeed, so popular has the Old Street venue become that plans are underway for an adjoining café and record store.  All three establishments have a distinctive and immediately recognizable interior look – one of exposed brickwork and music memorabilia – ably complemented by sumptuous banquette seating. Strong on comfort these feature sprung bases while offering additional under seat storage, superlative comfort with practicality that could well be Craftwood’s watchwords .