We met Mata Architects when Solid Floor’s HQ resided in Notting Hill’s Great Western Studios and have been following this growing practice with much interest. Our old neighbours were appointed by the team behind Berber&Q and Shawarma Bar to design and deliver their third venue; a neighbourhood restaurant located in a nineteenth-century industrial space in Queens Park.
Their design focuses on the use of raw, natural, and earthy materials: timber, handmade terracotta and ceramic tiles, and raw plaster, elevated through craftsmanship and refined detailing. These are complemented with a large selection of green plants throughout the restaurant interior and exterior, strengthening the natural theme and the connection between inside and outside spaces.
Our Citadel oak floor with its lived-in feel, rustic grade, and characterful texture offers a fitting foundation for this natural, unpretentious scheme. The mixed width dimensions of the boards lend a sense of authenticity to the space – as if the floor has been part of the building’s fabric for decades.
Dan Marks, Mata’s director, says: The material palette for the restaurant interior is made up of natural, earthy tones with dark stained timber for all joinery elements. The Citadel flooring works well to compliment this theme and the bandsaw finish adds another layer of richness.
Having recently visited Carmel for a Friday night feast, we can strongly recommend this restaurant for both its food and décor. But don’t just take our word for it: Grace Dent, doyenne of London’s food scene, was equally impressed. Head over to the Guardian to read her full review.
Photo credit: Peter Landers Photography
Tate Citadel was our Sale special for 2021, and this finish proved so popular by those looking for a wabi-sabi style oak floor that we have decided to make it part of our permanent collection.
This year’s sale specials - yes there are two - are something very different altogether, but do check them out if you are after floor with the highest quality/price ratio and a short delivery time.