Kenza and Levant are Lebanese-European sister restaurants in central London. They are owned by chef and entrepreneur Tony Kitous who founded the hugely popular Comptoir Libanais restaurant chain.
Tony approached us to revamp the websites of his beautiful sister restaurants, to become more in line with the look and feel of the venue interiors and lively atmosphere. Our brief was to replicate the decor and textures in a subtle and understated way. To make the sites feel arabic but modern European. The websites were to be the same structure but with different images and colours to represent each venue.
Our concept was to have all content float over a textured terracotta wall effect, with vector arabic style elements and splashes of colour. Postal markings and stamps would give the designs a rustic and authentic touch of Lebanon. We wanted to capture the textures and marks of the Middle East but hold the creative together with modern elements and bright solid colours.
For Kenza restaurant we were also commissioned to create a promo video which was also to appear on the homepage of the website. The video was to capture a day in the life of the restaurant, from kitchen prep to mixology, dining to belly dancing and live music. We storyboarded and art directed the 50 second video whilst collaborating with Dan Coffey at Loop Films who shot and directed the film on location. The key was to capture a snap shot of the restaurant that could work both as a stand alone promotional video, as well as a visual for the header on the homepage.
These websites went live in August 2017.
See kenza website here.
See Levant website here.