Making a meal of it

Tile supplier Solus Ceramics says it’s brought a sense of style and individuality to a new and unique sour dough pizzeria in Crystal Palace, southeast London.

Designed by Richardson Studio, Four Hundred Rabbits is a restaurant with an eclectic Aztec twist. Wanting to capture the mood of this unique combination, the designers created an environment that was fun, simple, inventive and a destination that was far from traditional.

Featured in the 2016 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, the design of Four Hundred Rabbits was kept simple using standard timbers and pegboard to create a layered backdrop to the colour and artwork.

Instead of using conventional Italian colours for the aesthetic, the designers specified Solus Ceramics Bright and Modular ranges and opted for a modern approach by transforming red and white into pink and jade.

These colours can be seen in the tile and grout selection, with pink tiles and pink grout applied to the bar front and counter and the jade tiles used in the bathroom.

The Bright range is a simple collection of energetic porcelain tiles suitable for use on floors and walls. Characterised by a wide selection of plain and uniform colours, Bright treads the path of regularity. With more than 40 colours available, the range is said to be suitable for all types of interior design, lending what is said to be a contemporary and realistic feel to any space.

The Modular range boasts a range of tile sizes to create ‘standout’ designs, whether it’s a checkerboard effect, diagonal stripes or a triple colour mix.

As used in Four Hundred Rabbits design aesthetic, all the tiles within the range can be paired with different coloured grouts, ensuring the tiles offer ‘unique and completely individual’ facades. Modular is available in more than 40 colours, ranging from pearly greys, vivid electric blues and deep shades of burgundy.

Celia Richardson, design director of Richardson Studio, said: ‘The brief set out by Dan and Duncan Edwards, the two brothers who own Four Hundred Rabbits, was to create an atmosphere that was an exciting contemporary space, splashed with playful pastels.

‘The tiles we used can be seen on the bar front and counter. All the tiles used were 100x100mm in size that allowed us to maintain a fluid sense of continuity throughout the restaurant.

‘We specified Solus Ceramics’ Bright range not only for its aesthetic appeal, but also because of its durability, helping to meet all our client’s requirements. To ensure the restaurant had its own identity, we needed to ensure we had a selection of colours available to choose from that offers a unique individual style.

‘The overall result of the project is something we’re incredibly pleased with. It’s been great to see our ideas come to life and allow other people to share something we created. Working closely with Solus Ceramics has allowed us to be imaginative and create a design aesthetic that will stay unique forever.’

John Rose, area sales manager at Solus Ceramics, said: ‘A fantastically eclectic project, Four Hundred Rabbits showcases the versatility of tiles and particularly how a relatively simple, neutral product can be utilised to create something rather enchanting.

‘The regular ‘grid’ style layout of the tiles, along with the interesting grout choices, creates a memorable eye-catching feature that perfectly conveys the versatility of the brand.’

Solus Ceramics says it’s an established porcelain, ceramic, glass, metal and natural stone tile supplier, offering a huge range of more than 100,000 products, directly sourced from manufacturing partners.

Tapping into strong manufacturer relationships and the company’s wealth of experience, Solus Ceramics consistently remain at the forefront of the latest developments and trends in the tiling industry.

Working with architects, interior designers and other professional specifiers, the company delivers technical and aesthetic solutions into various tiling projects across Europe.

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