Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Shortlist: Studio Ted Todd Specified


The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2018 have announced their final shortlist of the best leisure spaces across the UK, and we’re thrilled to have collaborated on 8 of the shortlisted projects.

Read on to discover more about these brilliant spaces.


Brasserie Blanc, Hammersmith

Conceptualised by 3Stories, Brasserie Blanc on Hammersmith Riverside is a destination restaurant that offsets industrial elements against plush velvet furnishings.

The central bar is reminiscent of whisky tumblers, with its faceted front and cut glass pendants an homage to the site’s history as a Haig distillery.

Gaslamp, our innovative copper herringbone, adds a warmth to the space that is evocative of the amber hue of Scotch whisky. Copper is painstakingly applied to Gaslamp by hand in our workshops before being finished with our durable yet subtle Naked Skin Lacquer, for the ultimate in durability without compromising on aesthetics.

Throughout the space, Gaslamp seamlessly transitions into Hoxton, a skip-sawn herringbone with hand rolled edges that has a raw, industrial feel.

Both herringbones are from our Woodworks by Ted Todd Urban portfolio, and are 20mm thick with a 6mm wear layer.

woodworks by ted todd gaslamp herringbone and hoxton herringbon wood floor


Nando’s, Warrington

When Fusion DNA were tasked with designing this newly-built Nando’s restaurant in Warrington, they approached us to supply an Aged wood floor to add a refined edge in contrast to the new features within the space.

Modular style walls create zones within the restaurant, where booth seating is surrounded by more laser cut wall cladding and African art, and is brightened with green leather upholstery.

Miellin, from our Woodworks Portfolio, was specified throughout. Contrasting beautifully with the geometric tiles and contemporary cladding, Miellin’s warm, traditional tone adds a refined charm and character to the otherwise modern space.

Miellin is aged for 24 months, during which time the character of the wood is accentuated. Finished with a Burnished Hardwax Oil for a deep lustre, its soft time-abraded surface and broad widths perfectly balance the large space.

woodworks by ted todd miellin wood floor


Issho, Leeds

Located within the high-end shopping centre of Victoria Gate in Leeds, Issho – which translates to ‘together’ in Japanese – is a stylish, contemporary dining destination.

DesignLSM worked closely with D&D London to create a vibrant, social restaurant space that subtly references the delicate textures and folds of East Asian fabrics and textiles. The result is an authentic and refined aesthetic across the main restaurant, sushi counter and bar, as well as their stylish rooftop terrace.

Augite, our Shou Sugi Ban burnt timber cladding from our Carbonised portfolio, was specified for the bar area. Its rich, silvery hues are achieved through charring the wood using ancient Japanese techniques, with this flawless fusion of artistic approach and historic origin creating a statement masterpiece.

woodworks by ted todd burtn timber wall cladding


Nando’s, Southgate

Tasked with designing a new Nando’s restaurant within a Grade II listed Art Deco building, STAC Architecture approached us to supply cladding for the walls and ceiling.

Accentuating the original Art Deco design and radial nature of the structure, the design also references similar African forms that identify with the Nando’s brand.  Achieved by exploring parallels between the geometry and motifs of Art Deco design and African Art & Architecture, the end result is a fusion of two identities that perfectly balance.

Ceruse was specified for the cladding in the bathroom, where it was paired with a modern palette consisting of deep greys and concrete.

Ceruse was also mixed with bespoke cladding for the ceiling of the main restaurant, which was created to an exacting specification for the perfectly spherical shape of the building.

Skip sawn and white-washed, Ceruse is a solid reclaimed Oak cladding with characterful texture, that is perfect for its surroundings.

woodworks by ted todd ceruse wall cladding

Black Ivy, Edinburgh

Overlooking the Bruntsfield Links just a mile outside of Edinburgh, Black Ivy is a stylish neighbourhood bar and boutique hotel, whose belief is ‘local luxury for all’.

Occupying two adjoining Victorian townhouses, the interior of the hotel is luxurious yet creative, with Ted Todd flooring specified for the restaurant and bar areas.

For the restaurant area, which is under a canopy of wisteria, our worn-look, original patina Ostracon panels pair wonderfully with the open fire. The handmade panels, with their variation in tone and unusual pattern are the perfect partner for the surroundings.

The rich, black tones of Ebony herringbone give a dramatic backdrop to the exposed brickwork, bay windows, and colourful velvet chairs of the bar area. Ebony, from our Woodworks by Ted Todd Superwide portfolio, is hand finished by our craftspeople, and is constructed from sturdy 20mm 2-ply European Oak. Burnished Hardwax Oil provides a durable finish, while keeping the wood’s natural appearance for a flawless aesthetic.

woodworks by ted todd wood floor

Nando’s, Altrincham

Inspired by the retail history in the area, STAC Architecture created a concept for this Grade II Listed Nandos’s that is as curated and eye catching as a window display.

The use of bright yellows against exposed original brickwork, terracotta blockwork and hot-rolled steel cladding breathes life into the space, while white painted exposed concrete ceilings and perforated steel is warmed by the wood floors that flow across the space.

The terracotta blockwork walls have been back-lit to play with light as you move through the space, providing a beautiful backdrop for the contemporary African art that is dotted throughout the space.

Seine, from our Woodworks Parquetry portfolio, was specified for the main restaurant area. Smooth and usually unfinished, we pre-finished the blocks before they left our workshops to ensure the installation was quick and effortless. The warm, rich hue of the flooring adds a natural element that warms the entire restaurant. The blocks are 20mm thick and have a square shoulder profile, helping them to flow seamlessly throughout the restaurant, and are perfect for high levels of footfall.

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The Coal Shed, London

The Coal Shed is housed in a striking double height building with an impressive glazed façade. The atmospheric bar area is decorated with soft lighting and aged brass screens, which is complemented by our dark, richly polished wood flooring.

We collaborated with The Coal Shed to create bespoke double fumed herringbone blocks and wide plank wood flooring, which have an aged look and feel to them. 20mm engineered with a 6mm wear layer, the floor handles high levels of footfall with ease.

In the main restaurant, DesignLSM brought together a rich and masculine material palette including green marble, double fumed wood and aged bronze, injecting layers of contrast and texture into the space. A prominent feature is the open kitchen pass set at the back of dining area, which showcases the specialist charcoal cooking that The Coal Shed is famed for.

woodworks by ted todd bespoke wood floor


Nando’s Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh

Set within an impressive triple volume space, this Nando’s is located inside a Conran & Partners designed shopping centre in Edinburgh. The project involved filling in part of an existing atrium to create additional space that looks out over a working harbour with impressive views of the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Accessed via a colourful Crittall glazed spiral staircase decorated with artwork, the design fuses African and Scottish heritage. The design includes a perforated metal clad box at mezzanine level with views out over the water, with every element in this project meticulously detailed, from the cracked clay wall to the black burnt timber cladding.

Multiple designs of flooring and cladding were specified for this project, including Husk, from our Warehouse collection, and bespoke fired chevron, which created a raw and industrial feel that complements the local harbour area.

Husk is one of our most popular floors, and is available in multiple widths and depths to ensure it suits all projects. Its characterful, undulating texture and warm tone gives a contemporary edge to this rustic-style board, and its durable Hardened Oil finish means it is suitable for high levels of footfall.

Bespoke plant pots were also commissioned and crafted by hand, adding a unique finishing touch to the space.

woodworks by ted todd bespoke wood floor and cladding