February 2017 Indiranagar, Bangalore - India Nandos India

Based in the heart of the lively city of Bangalore Nandos 12th Main is situated in a freestanding building covering the ground and first floors with the entrance welcoming you from the vibrant busy street.

From the street the building comes to life. Each stair riser carefully tiled in patterned mosaic details with a contrasting edgy black metal geometric balustrade. The natural timber cladding with Pops of stained orange on the exterior add a bold youthful element.

All Nandos Casa’s are uniquely designed with their own distinctive ambience for the spaces that they accommodate. Merging the companies brand values and African inspired visual identity. 12th Main Road Bangalore does just that.

The restaurant is a spacious area seating 176 guests, at a variety of table sizes. This interior is particularly unique as the inherently “New African Design” theme continues across both the ground and first floor. These two floors do however incorporate their own unique style and designed elements allowing the guest to have varying visuals and emotional experiences as they move through the restaurant.

The designers made specific selections and incorporated special finishes and fixtures to create a one of a kind dining experience. 12th main Bangalore is most importantly, recognizable as a Design Collective designed Space with a distinctive Nandos flair!

The interior has complementary features including contemporary custom furnishings, durable floor surfaces, edgy wall claddings and warm and welcoming custom designed lighting.

The concept behind DC’s design is to enhance and compliment the Nandos dining experience incorporating the spirit of Nandos.
Design Collectives inspiration started with a subtle geometric colour stained timber cladding to the majority of walls. Using Natural, soft whites, greys and black. This pattern created a subtle base pattern to create a fresh design concept.

The ground floor is carefully laid out with a bright orange hand painted tile and timber counter. The entire ground floor is united by a ‘segmented’ black metal ceiling structure that radiates from the centre. Each segment with a natural timber piece carefully set into the structure. This ceiling design allows from an interesting “checkerboard” detail. In Collaboration with Ashanti Contemporary African Designs a central decorative light feature was developed. Each Pendant was carefully handmade from traditional woven Africa fabrics.

A key Nandos design point is the attention to detail. This comes through in various elements like the deep buttoned banquette seats with delicate side profiles to create interesting seating areas. Bold Orange and subtle grey natural leathers are used.

Another collaboration on this project involved working with David Krynauw the South African Furniture Designer. The designed chairs were manufactured using natural timbers and had quirky colour details.

The condiment counter was developed with a ‘funky’ colour panel cladding to become its own focal point. As 12th main road is a full cockerel service, this allows guests to help themselves to all the condiments and drinks that are on offer.

The staircase seperates the two experiences from the Ground to the First Floor. The same African inspired geometric timber clad pattern moves up the wall to create some continuity between them. However as the guest reaches the first floor the dining experience is somewhat different.

The entire first floor opens up to allow the guests to feel part of the “street life”. Although the cladding on the walls and the banquette details and upholstery are similar, there are designed elements that differ from below.

The ceiling on the first floor is a white ‘garden inspired trellis detail’. Each festoon bulb carefully hung at different points with colored electrical cord. A central custom collection of woven Du Noon weavers lighting creates a focal point, filled with colour and vibrance.

The round booth seats within framed black metal structures allow a sense of privacy for diners. Each booth with a custom natural African coir pendant created by Lara Hooper. Both the festoon designed ceiling and the private banquette dining booths create an ‘outside’ dining experience.

Nandos is a proud supporter of South African Art and Design and as a Standard these two elements are carefully selected and placed in all Casa’s around the world. Working in collaboration with Yellow Woods, Design Collective selected art pieces from South Africa to be installed in the Nandos 12th main road restaurant establishing a sense of place. Incorporating ‘local South African’ pieces brings originality to the space.