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Cacciari's Asia

By Maria Oliva Interiors

DATE

2023

LOCATION

London

Cacciari's new South Kensington restaurant

Showcasing stunning fabrics in a bright, vibrant and colourful interior.

Cacciari’s Asia is the fourth venue across London to be opened by the authentic Italian restaurant chain Cacciari’s. Located in South Kensington the new restaurant utilises a new concept based on modern Japanese cuisine. As always with Cacciari’s the focus is on authenticity, and the quality and the freshness of the ingredients.

We asked Maria Oliva, the designer behind the restaurant’s gorgeous new space, a few questions to find out more about her design process.

Kirkdale Studios - Cacciaris Asia, london restaurants
Kirkdale Studios - Cacciaris Asia, london restaurants
What were your initial concept ideas and design inspirations?

 I sought inspiration from the geometric precision of Japanese architecture, based on the modular repetition of tatami mats, as well as the intricate motifs found in Asian fabrics.

The colour palette for the ground floor features vibrant reds and gold accents, flooding the space with warm tones. The striking red velvet seating complements the golden metal ceiling lights and the back wall of the dining area. This wall, a focal point for the entire restaurant, is adorned with shelves displaying Japanese crockery and sake bottles.

Were there any key features you wanted to include in the design?

 The central section above the seating area on the ground floor features undulating sheet metal that resembles gently rippling water. I was fascinated with the potential of this undulating metal as it resembles a water surface. I immediately thought of the water lantern festivals that are so popular in Asia. I wanted to recreate the theatrical, almost magical atmosphere of these festivals. The lamps emit a soft light through perforated gold metal sheets and cascade in a spiral design on the ceiling, reminiscent of the floating lanterns following river currents, resulting in a captivating and enchanting ambience.

Kirkdale Studios - Cacciaris Asia, london restaurants
Kirkdale Studios - Cacciaris Asia, london restaurants
Would you like to make any feature any products?

The beautiful armchairs upholstered with a striking red velvet and Pierre Frey fabric, the cognac leather bar stools and the armchairs found on the first floor with teal and orange velvet paired with Osbourne&Little fabric.

Kirkdale Studios - Cacciaris Asia, london restaurants chairs, asian interior design
Kirkdale Studios - Cacciaris Asia, london restaurants chairs, asian interior design
Kirkdale Studios - Cacciaris Asia, london restaurants
Kirkdale Studios - Cacciaris Asia, london restaurants chairs, asian interior design

Feel inspired by the bold and colourful fabrics used in this project?

Do you like projects that highlight fabrics and patterns? We always supply our furniture with the option to be upholstered in COM fabric so that you can find the perfect colour, print or pattern to compliment the venue. If you are interested in finding more about us and our contract furniture or bespoke capabilities, please contact our team through email hello@kirkdalestudios.com 

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Looking for a culinary adventure?

For Izakaya style dining complete with the freshest and finest of products you won’t find much better in London. 

Or enjoy the modern cocktail bar with the best choice of Japanese whiskies, gins and sake. 

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