The idea project of Artisan was the creation of an interior concept, name and brand for a casual bar and eatery with nearly 300 covers, centered on a wood fired oven, and which would attract a broad clientele.
Initially, the extended, dull and impersonal space used for office turned to be a warm, edgy and cosy place where you can enjoy a meal or a drink.
Without a street frontage, the space being on the first floor of an office block, the restaurant aim for luring the customers in. The change of use also referred to the structural load issues and restrictions regarding the materials and finishes. The 12,000 square foot space was overwhelmed with an abundance of grey cold light from the tinted glazing which also had to be changed.
Suspended abstract wire sculptures in the atrium outside draw the eye from street level. A combination of caramel stained concrete floors, modern artworks and bold illustrated screens fill the space with the warmth it needs. A disclosed bar realized from dining tables and an open plan kitchen addresses the artist’s studio concept.
The intimate touch is given by the booth seating in contrast with the overwhelming space.
This project is shortlisted for the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2014, in the Standalone Restaurant category.
Images © James Brown Photography
Text: Diana Slabinschi