Category: Concept Design


TUK TUK GOES WEST

By Craig McIntyre,

Following the success of Tuk Tuk’s first restaurant in Edinburgh, the team appointed Four-by-Two to develop the concept for their sister restaurant in Glasgow. Situated on the bustling thoroughfare of Sauchiehall Street, Tuk Tuk Glasgow was to be a vibrant, energetic space that would stop people in their tracks.

The design reinforces the status of a design-led independent restaurant, taking authentic Indian street food culture to a new level with their innovative approach. With a vaulted ceiling stretching from front to rear of the long, narrow restaurant, the inspiration was drawn from traditional Indian Tuk Tuks, where owners brightly decorate the inside of the cabs to compete with competitors. A series of colourful structures and artworks were installed, subdividing the restaurant and providing fun, vibrant features wherever the customer looks.

A dynamic timber canopy sits at the front of the space, drawing views of the passer-by into the restaurant. Behind this, is a raft of 190 paint-dipped, terracotta lassi cups, suspended from the ceiling and forming a colourful light feature at high-level. Stretching the length of the main dining space, is a 14m long hand-painted mural by local artists Ciaran Globel and Conzo Throb.

GO GREENWAY

By Martin Naylor,

The year started with a bang when we were commissioned to design Great British Menu’s Scottish chef Mark Greenaway’s eponymous restaurant. Mark got the keys to his new venture at 69 North Castle Street in Edinburgh shortly after New Year, and had his first bookings confirmed for 18th January. It was a great exercise in working fast and to a budget. Mark had assembled a team, including local firm D&D joinery, to fabricate and install the specialist fittings, as well as decorators, electricians and even his own staff to help achieve this tight deadline. The design is in keeping with the building’s original features and serves as the perfect backdrop to Mark’s original cuisine. We used raw, mild steel sheets to create bespoke shelving and bar detailing, laser-cut signage, and various lengths of MDF skirting to create a profiled bar front. Existing brass chandeliers nestle together to form a striking single light feature; pegboards and hangers serve as wall-mounted glass storage: a low-tech / low-cost solution that adds to the sense of bespoke design.