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Step into a three-dimensional ‘Tribal meets Pop-Art’ canvas.

The Nando’s Birnam interior concept sets out to evoke this feeling.


Instead of applying geometric patterns in a purely decorative manner, the interior achieves an overall geometric experience.
The exterior timber cladding flows seamlessly into the interior to become the ceiling. Industrial design elements and furniture design is used as feature pieces in a geometrical background. This creates functional art pieces which convert to seating, tables and lighting.  


The restaurant interior features pieces by various South African furniture designers, artists and craftsmen. This includes dining chairs by Vogel and David Krynauw, custom woven ceiling panels by Vogel, copper tube pendants by Egg Designs as well as woven wire pendants by local lighting supplier Wire World. The brass knobbed walls with its woven red cord detailing represent traditional tribal weave work and is balanced with the backdrop of a modern concrete plastered wall finish. Organic woven backrests are contrasted with steel bases to create free standing bench seats. Layers of colour, texture and pattern is also seen in the application of woven fabrics and leather upholstery solutions, printed timber on table tops and woven steel mesh to create division screens within an open plan space. A ceramic Half Square tiled art piece ‘Drilling for Water’ was commissioned by artist Tamlin Blake, through Yellowwoods art and fills the entire back wall of the restaurant seating space. The exterior facades of the building boast graffiti pieces by artist George Mars. The geometric nature of the graffiti leads into the interior and develops as an extension thereof.


Nando’s Birnam is a space exaggerated with geometric pattern but appears minimalist with a pop of colour due to the harmony achieved in the disciplined use of pattern and texture.

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