The setting for this Nando's is the beautiful Spa town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire. The unit itself lives within a 1960's building which has been stripped back, exposing it's beam ceilings. Adding to that with new earthen-cote walls, to give the space an industrial and yet charming feel.
Taking pride of place in the entrance of the restaurant over the centre of the spiral staircase is the 'Maridadi Corset chandelier'. The inspiration for this fitting was taken directly from the beaded corsets worn by the Dinka tribe of South Sudan. Alongside the chandelier, splashing vibrant colours into the restaurant space are the 'Maridadi pendants', both of which were meticulously strung and beaded using glass beads by a group of artisans in Nairobi Kenya.
A challenge set by the designers STAC, was to produce light fittings with the exact optics and output to be able to create a statement using shadows cast by lettering protruding from the walls.
We worked closely with interior architects STAC to produce a lighting scheme that had nods to the African heritage of the client in this rewarding and vibrant space. Further plaudits were received when it was a winner at the Restaurant and Bar design award 2016.