If there are three things that Tile Addict loves best they may just be tiled interiors, Oxford and a good curry. So what’s not to like about a recent project that saw Caesarstone’s cutting-edge quartz surfaces set the proverbial bar for chef Vivek Singh’s latest addition to the Cinnamon brand family. Cinnamon Kitchen in Oxford is his first restaurant outside of London.
The sister restaurant was designed by DesignLSM, the hospitality design specialists behind the award-winning Cinnamon Bazaar and recent launch of Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea Power Station. The decor combines a contemporary and pared back aesthetic with subtle elements reflecting the intricacy and elegance of Indian architecture.
The new establishment includes a large destination bar on the ground floor, an open-plan kitchen, chef’s table and a semi-private Pagoda room by DesignLSM. The 110-cover, 4,000 sq ft restaurant serves modern-Indian cuisine with British influences. A focal feature is the impressive bar made from Caesarstone 5143 White Attica quartz surfaces. Framing the space is a vibrant array of green ‘beetle’ style seating, creating a social and inviting setting for patrons to enjoy pre & post dinner cocktails.
Inspired by classic natural marble, White Attica features a clean white base with dense, dark grey interwoven veins. Caesarstone White Attica quartz 5143, is a white base structure material with a particular dark veined pattern design that will be the focus of attention in both traditional and contemporary surroundings. One of the main characteristics of this product compared to other quartz stones evoking the classic Bianco Carrara marble from Italy is that White Attica has very defined veining. This makes it a striking material when it comes to cladding surfaces for focal areas. The quartz surfaces and surrounding cladding were installed by MKW Surfaces.
Carly Zaver, Senior Designer from DesignLSM says: “The technical qualities of Caesarstone’s quartz makes it an ideal fit for bars and hospitality design. Being extremely durable and stain-resistant compared to natural marbles, Caesarstone quartz is a perfect solution for applications that demand a beautiful, high quality finish. As quartz is non-porous, it is well matched to food preparation and service areas. This was key for the restaurant’s kitchen pass, where hygiene is paramount.”
Following DesignLSM’s design scheme, MKW Surfaces crafted a beautiful surround for the pass with inlaid Caesarstone quartz panelling, again using the White Attica design, which offers a classical appeal to a functional restaurant space where food would be completed ready for service.
A new post by Joe Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, July 2018.