Project: Fucina Restaurant
Location: 18 Chiltern Street - London
Design: Andy Martin Architects
Contractor: Jets Electrical
Products: Pure, Find me, Led Squad, Mini Box (Flos); Theta, Hyperion (Ares); Mini Flex, Linear Flex (Grupo MCI); Smart Lotis 48 / 48 tubed (Modular)
Photography: Nick Rochowski
Fucina is the Italian name for 'Forge'. It evokes ancient traditions, handcrafted work and the artisanal process of making, so typical in Italian history. It also suggests embracing colours, intense odours, an open and warm atmosphere.
This architectural project aims to emphasize these traits with a unique design, where the vague rough 'forge' effect is gained through a dominant use of burnt steel.
The ceiling, shaped as an organic wave, is constructed from handmade 'cotto' bricks, recalling the inside of traditional pizza ovens. The view from the street is obscured by a bespoke glass and steel screen maintaining the spaces privacy.
Given the intense use of primary materials - steel, brick, wood, glass - the lighting had to be as concealed as possible whilst drawing attention to the peculiarity of the details.
Flos Pure downlights discreetly pop out of the ceiling giving discreet lighting to the tables.
Flos Find Me 2 fixtures maintain a similar aesthetic to the Pure downlights over the bar on a slightly smaller scale.
Linear Flex from Grupo MCI defines the edges of the ceiling and enhance the brick's warm colour tone.
Ares Hyperian floor washers discreetly placed under the banquet seating gently highlight the wooden mosaic floor.
Minibox fixtures from Flos provide the mild ambient wash of light to the area around the bar.