The Nottingdale Café sits within a new building opposite the thriving Westfield Shopping Centre. An unusual floor plan and irregular volumes required an inventive design solution, which Found provided by introducing a dramatic mezzanine level and creating a striking combination of double and single height spaces.
Nottingdale is a restaurant specialising in provincial Italian and French dishes, with seasonal produce and artisan ingredients. The design approach needed to suggest the values of the restaurant, while also being specifically tailored to the nature of the space itself. The mezzanine creates a choice of more open, voluminous spaces and a more intimate gallery, united by a common choice of materials.
These include the extensive use of oak for the floors and the bespoke furniture, which acts as a natural foil for the architectural finishes of concrete and glass. An extensive, ten metre porcelain counter sits at the heart of the ground floor, bordered by a sequence of stool seating, which offers a view of the open kitchens. The use of custom made porcelain surfaces forms a reference to the site’s history as a pottery.