The brief for the interior of La Fourchette was intimately connected to the vision for the restaurant itself. The business operates as a cafe come restaurant, and also incorporates a patisserie ‘shop’ providing take-away coffees, crepes, pizzas and pastries. The design needed to accommodate these functions without one compromising another.
The clients wanted to present a modern French restaurant with integrity rather than a pastiche of ideas about french food and culture. It also needed to be a good “local” and reflect the seaside location.
We addressed a tricky change in level by creating distinct experiences for upstairs and downstairs dining. Coloured walls, painted timber panelling, banquette seating and acoustic ceilings create a more intimate experience upstairs. Floating ceiling panels, finned pendants and simpler painted wall treatments respond to the larger volume downstairs. A shelving unit between the shop and the main dining space provides an area for display whilst screening diners from the bustle of shop customers.
Colour plays a fundamental role in the design. The chosen colours were carefully selected to respond to both daytime and nighttime demands: the palette is sharp enough for a daytime cafe yet has sufficient depth for nighttime dining. Overall, the palette presents a warm yet distinctive space for customers, reflects the location and French identity of the business, and allows La Fourchette to seamlessly transition from daytime cafe to nighttime restaurant.