Tutu 2.0 Lights by Thabisa Mjo and wall panels painted on recycled wood by Mark Mattysen.
Anyone who’s been following Nando’s moves will know that the brand is about much more than just flame-grilled chicken. The restaurant chain is an avid supporter of home-grown design and art and, in recent years, the interiors of its various branches have begun to reflect this commitment to celebrating the South African creative scene.
The new Nando’s store on the corner of Main and Rocklands roads in Sea Point is a shining example of this, and we’re a little besotted with its striking, eye-catching aesthetic. Designed by Tracy Lee Lynch and her team at St.udio Leelynch, the restaurant is vibrant, bold, wonderfully original and packed full of locally flavoured personality.
Its interior takes its cue from its location and pays homage to the dynamic urban energy of the area with graphic black-and-white stripes, lively snaps of colour and references to soccer culture (a nod to the fact that the Cape Town Stadium is just a stone’s throw away). The most striking example of the latter is a series of large soccer-inspired embroideries hand-crafted by inspiring initiative Kaross on the walls.
Of the aesthetic of this Nando’s, Tracy says, ‘The design strongly supports our principles of embracing differences and nurturing local talent’.
And indeed, to create the project, St.udio Leelynch did work with a large number of local creatives, reflecting the agency’s belief that collaboration is key. Furniture and lighting was designed by the likes of David Krynauw, Pedersen + Lennard, Raw Studios and Abode, and the store also features lights by some of the finalists in the Nando’s Hot Young Designer competition, including Buhle Bulbs by Samantha Foaden, Tutu 2.0 Lights by Thabisa Mjo, Necklace Lights by Candice Lawrence and a Can Beam Chandelier by 16-year-old Tulsha Booysen.
So, to see an eclectic array of brilliant local creations in one place, we certainly think the new Sea Point Nando’s is worth a visit, even if you’re not craving chicken.