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Seoul Bird

Diners at the new Seoul Bird in Canary Wharf – the company's other London destination is found in Westfield Shepherd's Bush – can enjoy cult favourites alongside exciting new additions.

Interior designer

Tibbatts Abel




After Judy Joo became disenchanted with her previous job, she followed her passion and joined forces with fellow chef Andrew Hales, with whom she has worked for more than a decade.

Fittings supplied

All neon-lit signage, all industrial-styled pendants & wall lights, and traditionally designed Korean-styled neon wall art.

Inspired by Judy's Korean-American heritage and their food tours across South Korea, from Seoul to Busan, Seoul Bird is the result of their passion for Korean cooking and flavours.

Northern Lights have worked with Tibbatts Abel on numerous high-profile projects, from luxury dining experiences like Aktar Islam's Opheem to deluxe hotels such as Park Regis in Birmingham. The award-winning design and architecture firm has consistently implemented a collaborative approach to their work, which perfectly suits Northern Lights. We strive to take news ideas and inspirations on board and turn them into reality.


The lighting brief set by Tibbatts Abel was to encapsulate the Korean aesthetic by providing a mixture of statement lighting and elaborate neon designs that mimic the thousands of signs spotted on shop fronts throughout the City of Seoul. Seoul Bird's entrance is unmissable - its luminous fascia logo is one of many handcrafted fixtures that Northern Lights created for this remarkable venue. The four-and-a-half metre wide sign was developed using modern glass sculpting techniques and is fixed to a Korean-inspired awning. 


The interior of Seoul Bird is adorned with a variety of handcrafted pendants and wall lights that have all been designed and manufactured in our Derbyshire premises. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by incredibly detailed Korean art murals delicately lit by our industrial brass pendants. The warm radiance of the light emitted from the shades complements the luxurious palette used within the artworks. The art is complemented perfectly by our brass pendants, complete with a folded metal shade. The pendants have been decorated further with traditional Korean fan details.


Continuing further into the restaurant, our traditionally designed Korean-style wall lanterns produce a visually stimulating cluster of colours that contrast heavily with the more industrial chain-suspended pendants that hover over the nearby seating area. Directly opposite is a separate seating area for which we designed a bespoke cluster of fixtures. The rustic fixtures comprise Brooklyn pendants, wire pendants and folded brass shades. Elsewhere, our versatile caged filament wall lamps make a contemporary expression by providing a warm lighting source to nearby dining tables whilst remaining on-trend and fitting the restaurant's overall aesthetic. 

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