Nando’s Central Kitchen makeover

The Nandos Central Kitchen, situated in Johannesburg, recently underwent renovations to emerge with an ever-inspiring interior that integrates local design and artistry. The office space is a double-edged sword transforming into a functional gallery where an array of raw talent is showcased. Industrial inspired design is everywhere this season, and Cemcrete is right on trend with its gorgeous cement accents featured all over the kitchen – inside and out. When it comes to industrial chic design, it’s the key elements that alter the aesthetics and ambiance entirely. Such features include the use of cement floors, walls, countertops, and concrete exposed ceilings. There is also a sense of extreme openness as rooms become less divided and great expanses of space are utilised using furniture to separate functional areas. The creative directors responsible for carrying off this project are Tracy Lee Lynch and JP Beukes of Onepointzero. Nando’s original headquarters were comprised of ramshackle factories, buildings and warehouses in desperate need of a makeover. What was once the humble sauce bottling plant of the great South African food and restaurant brand is now a contemporary, cohesive and truly African-inspired precinct accommodating Nando’s worldwide licensing offices, trading offices, training facilities among other department campuses. With Onepointzero having been awarded the interior design contract, the gentrification of the existing offices and distribution warehouse in Lorentzville, Johannesburg, has seen a new identity emerging for the brand that is as authentically modern African as it is cosmopolitan. Showcasing the finest furniture, craft and sustainable design technologies, the talents of Onepointzero, along with those of ASM Architects and Tracy Lee Lynch has, together, created true design inspiration for both international and emerging markets. The precinct “is able to serve as a reference to an era of buildings that has been modified and adapted over a 20-year period,” explains Beukes. “Along with the fact that all of the furniture has been locally designed and manufactured in South Africa,” Beukes says that “the clever reuse of sustainable materials has been pivotal to the build”. A project that has taken 18 months to complete, has reached beyond its monetary investment and square meterage of 7 500sq/m plus, and has firmly cemented Nando’s as an iconic heritage landmark on South African soil. From office and legal space to an in house gym, restaurant and culinary invention centre, Nando’s continues to provide not only customer satisfaction through its ongoing food and beverage supply chain, but a sampling of design genius that is similarly (and by social trademark) unique, optimistic and tide-bearing.

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Stool by Indigi Designs
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