A seafood restaurant in Glasgow, the design takes the traditional continental café typology as the starting point for the project. The project developed as a series of studies into the formal language and materiality associated with the type.
In the final design this resolved itself in a palette of materials consisting of terrazzo, Rosewood veneered plywood, brass detailing and brown vinyl upholstery. The restaurant instantly acquired the character of a space that had existed for some time; nothing appears to be new. This notion is reinforced by the introduction of a series of ‘found’ objects specifically a collection of etched glass lampshades, a Rosewood drop-leaf dining table and a stuffed fish. A stencil of the decorative motif from the glass lampshade was enlarged to occupy the full height of one wall as an over-scaled backdrop to the restaurant. A range of bespoke brass framed furniture was specifically designed for the project by NORD and these pieces are situated side by side with chairs sourced from a modernist dining room.