Posts Tagged ‘art’

Project showcase: Nando’s Westfield Stratford City by Harrison

June 25, 2012

Harrison is a leading design consultancy, specialising in restaurant and bar branding, design and development. Over the course of the past decade, Harrison has worked on over 100 sites for Nando’s the Portuguese chicken restaurant chain, with each venue giving rise to individual design challenges. One of Harrison’s largest designs is Nando’s Westfield Stratford City, which accommodates up to 260 diners in Europe’s largest urban shopping centre.

Everyone involved in producing this restaurant were anxious to see fresh, innovative and dynamic ideas that would complement the scale and grandeur of the Stratford development, while still embodying the Nando’s brief of feeling African and Portuguese, natural, warm, fun and creative.

Every Nando’s location is unique, which affords a good degree of creativity to the architects and designers and avoids the formulaic interiors often seen in chain restaurants. Stand-out features in this restaurant include a hand-woven hickory ceiling supported by carved timber columns, vibrant artwork, bespoke wall tiles, a copper bar, cast concrete seating booths and mosaic flooring.

Artwork and art tiles
Most of the artwork in the restaurant was produced by African artists at the Spier Arts Academy in Cape Town, South Africa, working in collaboration with Harrison. This includes the 800 ceramic ‘pages’ tiles, which are installed at the entrance, each of which was individual and handmade. Tile supplier Parkside Tiles made cream tiles in a bespoke size to fit between the pages tiles, and maintain visual consistency, as the full wall had to be covered.


Building Better Healthcare

May 31, 2011

The Building Better Healthcare awards 2011 will be held on 10th November at The Brewery, London.

Although awards are often a chance for an industry to pat itself on the back, I have always followed the BBH awards. The way creative hospital design can influence patient recovery and wellbeing is interesting. And the use of art in healthcare interiors has been found to have a positive effect on the clinical and behavioral outcomes of patients.


Mondrian, interior design and cycling

August 9, 2010

Further to the post by my colleague on the combination of cycling and interior design to form furniture pieces, here are two products, and two projects (interior and external) that draw on the style of painter Piet Mondrian.

1: Furniture: Homage to Mondrian
Product type: Cabinet
Manufacturer: Cappellini
Supplier: Poltrona Frau UK

2: Cycling clothing:La Vie Claire/Wonder/Radar Jersey
Product type: cycling jersey
Manufacturer: Santini
Supplier: Prendas Ciclismo


The design and maintenance of hospital interiors – the role of interior design and art

January 18, 2010
Erik Malave water feature - Parsons The New School for Design

Erik Malave water feature - Parsons The New School for Design

Interior Design has a short piece, with good images, on ‘an external partnership project to explore new interior designs for an alternative delivery care model for the hospital’s chemotherapy patients residing in Brooklyn [USA].’

‘The goal for Parsons [Parsons The New School for Design] was to challenge the roles that interior designers can play in contemporary society by shaping the physical, emotional, and psychological experience for patients in ways that empower them.’

Whilst the Healthcare Fine Art blog provides a good introduction to evidence-based art.

‘Evidence-based Art is based upon the principles of evidence-based design, and makes a commitment to basing design decisions on the best available research evidence. There is a small but significant body of research evidence today on the impact of art on clinical and behavioral outcomes of patients in hospital settings.’

For a UK case study on hospital interiors, read a Design Council piece on the redesign of the maternity facilities at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital in London.

And for an insight into how art is integrated into the ongoing management of a hospital, look at the Hospital Arts Project for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital site at Colney Lane. As well as interior design, it covers exhibitions, workshops, performance and gardens.

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