Design Focus: Tigerlily


Tigerlily in Edinburgh’s George Street has always had the wow factor but even so owners Montpeliers felt it was time for a make-over last month and closed the venue for a few weeks.

3C671831-2388-4FC2-8B1B-7FF53EAFF6FCDesigner Jim Hamilton decided to refresh the bar and restaurant with a fresh colour palate, while renewing the upholstery, and introducing some new artwork, but the most dramatic change of all was the removal of the large booths at the rear of the restaurant which has totally opened up the space, and he has also introduced different levels.

FACAEB81-0644-4CEB-9881-CB41CB3F0F24Jim Hamilton told DRAM, “Fundamentally Tigerlily has always invested in good quality furnishing and fittings – so we have in part used what was there but updated and refreshed. We have also moved items around and have created a new colour palette which highlights the pink and floral decor that Tigerlily is famous for.”

Instead of the chain booths, there is now a raised area with wall-to-wall banquette seating in a beautiful soft green colour. Original marble-topped tables have been updated with rounded edges, and a narrow mirror also runs the length of the wall with a shelf beneath on which lamps with opaque marble-like shades stand.

The walls are dark green, almost black, but the use of the light green coloured upholstery creates a very stylish garden-room feel, which is also emphasised by the new drapes which line the back wall and make this area lighter and brighter. New cabinets, great for storage, help partition the back areas, and a ramp leads to the rear where a new large corner booth looks set to be a preferred table.

New artwork, which was curated with Jim Hamilton and Artpistol, showcases progressive, emerging artists, hangs throughout the venue while new colours and fabrics have also been introduced. There are also subtle changes such as removing the barrier into the mid-restaurant seating area – and the introduction of a stripped carpet which emphasises this.194E8739-6EE6-4FE3-A6CB-2FF6B3B9D0E7

The new look Tigerlily is very clever – for those that loved the previous incarnation, it feels very familiar but lighter and brighter with new areas to try. For those new to the venue, it maintains the wow factor and is totally of the moment with its stand-out artwork and punchy colours and the move to bring the outside in with even more greenery. It is a very effective make-over which has given the venue new energy. It looks stunning.


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