The Lost and Found restaurants are thrilling discoveries of fictional Victorian professors hideaways; each site unique and recalling the glamour of bygone eras. In Sheffield, we were asked to help create the backstory of professor Victoria Darcy, a talented individual who learnt all about industry and machinery from her father, and the art of horticulture from her Mother, teaching her all the Latin names of plants and their properties.
The opportunities this afforded for the artwork were endless, and we had a lot of fun creating collections of equipment and specimens to represent Victoria’s studies. Of course, planting was incredibly important to the scheme, and we incorporated elements within open frames and moss details on old portraits.
A feature display on the staircase was created from books from Victoria’s research, with a hand painted tree root mural spanning the open pages.