Cattivo

Bar

London

2018
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Cattivo is a 134 seat ground floor all-day dining café and bar with a 60 seat underground drinking den and entertainment venue for a contemporary two-in-one concept experience. We used the existing Bon Marche building as a historical and local reference point. The original facade and signage were purposely retained and refurbished, and became the inspiration for the identity and branding. The space was stripped back to its core and only the open kitchen and feature staircase were retained. The ground floor features original brickwork and ceramic tiles with bare plastered walls, exposed ventilation pipes and stripped-back steel columns. The open kitchen with its adjoining bar features a striking blue corrugated steel façade with contrasting timber mouldings. Brown leather upholstered window booths, zinc topped bar tables with wooden stools, bespoke marble café tables and chairs and large communal dining tables offer a range of views to the open kitchen. The ground floor’s feature wood panelled bar has a stainless steel top and a privately commissioned bespoke back bar mirror. Throughout the restaurant, we have incorporated interior materials alongside a mix of reclaimed, new and bespoke design, including an old church reception desk and vintage service stations alongside original vintage Art Nouveau prints. The colour palette of moody French blue, warm grey hues, and burnt clay tones hints at the original sites 1870s Parisian inspiration. Lighting is made up of small coloured glass pendants in amber, green and blue to provide soft mood lighting whilst over-sized industrial lamps provide directional lighting where needed. The walls of the basement cocktail bar are clad with original Victorian glazed tiles and a traditional rich timber panelled pub style bar, complete with juxtaposed neon liquor signage, mimic the casual speakeasy vibe of the upper level bar. We divided the space and created ambient zoning with plush navy velvet curtains which can be screened to create private booths around bespoke velvet banquettes and marble cocktail tables.

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