Contemporary Italian Rusticity From Jamie Oliver!

August 14, 2012

This week we have been given the go ahead for a new super project in Dubai and when I mean super I mean a complex that has many different functions and elements, as such we need to research a broad range of projects which always brings us to some seriously cool interior design love projects that inspire us. Our project is going down an industrial rustic theme and so what better type of project to feature today than a wicked industrial rustic inspired project.

When I think of Rustic interior design and rustic food it really doesn’t get any better than Jamie Oliver and his chain of restaurants Jamie’s Italian. Last week I sat in Jamie’s Italian at Dubai Festival City and was really blown away by the design as I was with the Union Jacks Restaurant we covered earlier in the year, now with Jamie’s latest offering in Westfield, London I am back to cooing over more industrial rustic awesomeness. The design which was completed by Blacksheep has so many cool elements spread around the two storey 2,130 sq mt space that I am struggling to decide my which my favorite is.

What immediately grabs my attention in this project is the lighting; The contrast and variation of the fixtures  and fittings is brilliant, from the high hanging pendant lights that break up the high ceiling void and connect the two floors to the warmer, smaller pendant lamps that add a glow to the dining area and use the orange colors to accentuate the vibrance of the loose furniture to the wonderfully industrial yet subtle wall sconce’s that illuminate the banquettes to the funky artistic hanging lights on the chains that remind me of old VW Beatle lights. The lighting works even better because of the stripped back look and feel of the project especially when it bounces off the exposed ducting, the naked columns and the treated woods of the cabinets as well as the steel tables. Mix this with some soft warm woods and the colorful banquettes and the array of colors from the open kitchen and you have an awesome industrial rustic restaurant that is proper pukka!

Images Credited to Gareth Gardener