At the start of 2020 a new Japanese fusion inspired pizza restaurant located underground in the former Bombay Bicycle Club premises opened its doors in Little Venice, London.
This casual underground eatery was the brainchild of two brothers who, having recently returned from a trip to Tokyo, were inspired by the concept of Japanese pizza. Teamed with their love of food, they embarked on a journey to bring that Japanese vibe to the London scene.
To make their unusual concept a reality, they enlisted the professional services of FAB Architects, who were on board from the very start of the project and were instrumental in delivering the concept and construction of Tokyo Pizza’s new premises.
The brief was to create a modern and functional space with lots of atmosphere that fused together both cultures. The project wasn’t without its challenges either as the build was located in a small subterranean space.
How we helped
Having decided on the concept for the space, Mike Bell, Architect and Partner at FAB contacted our commercial team.
Nick, one of our specification consultants who specialises in the Leisure sector, took the project requirements onboard and presented wood floor options that would deliver everything required of a floor being used in a commercial environment. However, the floor also had to meet the design and style elements FAB were looking for.
Ebony is a floor that expresses true modernity. Black in colour with a deep monochromatic finish, these Superwide planks are made from 100% FSC-certified European Oak and are finished with burnished hardwax oil for maximum protection. Ebony also has a 6mm hardwood wear layer making it a solid choice for a high traffic area. Plus the drama of these 600mm oversized herringbone blocks are guaranteed to make an impact on any space.
This bold interior uses the dark Woodworks by Ted Todd herringbone floor to seamlessly bring different areas of the restaurant together and wooden slats and shou sugi ban textured walls deliver a raw but welcoming environment.
Outside, the bamboo screened garden area provides that all-important al fresco dining option. Whilst inside a range of smaller seating zones come alive with Tokyo vibes and nods to contemporary Japanese culture. The look is minimalist and chic, with a sleek black and gold cocktail bar at the heart of the restaurant further contributing to the overall magic of the space.
Not only does this tactile space successfully combine two cultures, it also takes customers on an exploration of the brands’ identity when they visit.
Mike said, “We selected one of Ted Todd’s fantastic Woodworks products for our design of Tokyo Pizza in Maida Vale and are delighted with how the dark herringbone floor brings the different areas of the restaurant together. It has a premium feel, looks fantastic and has received wonderful feedback from customers and the client.
Dealing with Ted Todd was a pleasure from start to finish, Nick – one of the leisure specification consultants – was hugely knowledgeable in aiding with the product selection and was quick in turning things around which was much appreciated given the fast-paced nature of the project. We will definitely be keeping Ted Todd in mind for our upcoming projects.”
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Architect/Designer: FAB Architects
Photo Credit: Roarke Pearce @foarke