Published: Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Exterior view of the restaurant.
A rigorous language was developed based on an arrangement of central communal benches surrounded by three clusters of upholstered banquettes lining the extensively glazed facade.
Situated on the ground floor of the new development by Foster & Partners, Canteen occupies a prime location facing into the iconic Spitalfields market in East London.
"We were approached by Modern British Canteen with a creative brief for a new restaurant; conceptually, to bring together the best in British cuisine and design."
Rigorous attention to material and detail set the design apart.
"From this detailed and highly visual brief, the crux of our approach was the ambition to create an uncompromisingly modern environment that recalled the best in dining experiences of the mid 20th century."
Floor Plan [opens in pop-up window - 37KB image]
"Working with a tight and regular floor plan, a rigorous language was developed based on an arrangement of central communal benches surrounded by three clusters of upholstered banquettes lining the extensively glazed facade."
The design evokes memories of the mid 20th century.
"Derived from the ingenuity and attention to detail of the best in transport design, the dining experience for the guest is designed to respond to every need with individual ceramic table lamps, coat and bag storage and bespoke Corian storage trays adjacent to each of the solid oak tables."
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