Location: The Light Shopping Centre, Leeds, UK
Size: 2000 sq.ft
Completion: August 2011
d_raw’s 2000 sq.ft site-specific design for Italian restaurant chain Zizzi newest site in Leeds, northern England takes inspiration directly from the city’s industrial heritage – embracing a handful of cultural connections to make an inspiring mark.
Most prominent is a loom motif (during the industrial revolution the city was famous for its textile industry, particularly its woollen mills), which has been translated into a central installation of interwoven wooden slats that slope dramatically upwards above the heads of diners. designed to look like bobbins dipping in and out of fabric, each slat wooden slat appears to pierce through the restored concrete rib ceiling – another reminder of the city’s influential industrial past.
Additional, smaller architectural tics underscore the visual impact: a hulking black steel bar echoes the heavy-duty machinery of the industrial age while woven upholstered panels also riff on the textile thematic.
On a more modern note a smattering of design features tip a nod to contemporary Leeds life. fluorescent strip lighting, to denote the restaurant’s home within the leeds the Light shopping centre, acts as a beacon within the windows, while the blue and yellow of toilets and woollen stools acknowledge the city’s proud football culture.