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LAUNCH PAD [ new openings + refits ] Fucina


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ot far from Baker Street, housed within a new mixed-use development, is Fucina, the latest project from acclaimed architecture and design firm


Andy Martin Architects (AMA). Tis modern Italian restaurant, owned by restaurateur Kurt Zdesar, focuses on organic produce with artisanal technique at its heart, a brief mirrored by Andy Martin’s sweeping sculptural design of the space, offering a ‘visual interpretation of contemporary Italian taste’. Inside Fucina, the window view is


obstructed by a handmade coloured Italian glass and steel screen stretching from floor to ceiling, offering only glimpses of the busy street outside. Along with brick, marble and timber, burnt steel is dominant and relates back to the name ‘Fucina’, meaning Forge. Traditionally, the forge in Italy not only related to what we know as a fire to heat metal, but also as the traditional kitchen fire for cooking. Te restaurant’s crowning glory is also


something of a distraction. A uniquely curved and distorted ceiling, which is handcrafted ‘antico mattoni’ from brick; it pays reference


to the inside of a traditional pizza oven and creates a bold and undulating, central focal point for the restaurant’s customers. Te ceiling follows the wall down to the ground, meeting the floor which has been carefully hand-laid using marble chips set into a traditional “terrazzo cemento” border, reminiscent of Carlo Scarpa’s Olivetti building. Taking inspiration from trees, branches and roots, the large tables seemingly grow from the floor whilst the chairs are fabricated from refined and machined branches. All of the furniture, lighting and ironmongery has been designed bespoke by AMA. For private parties, the lower-ground floor accommodates the Chef’s Table which is surrounded by beaten steel walls and overlooks a traditional open-fire pit. Te interiors here are certainly stimulating


and conversation-worthy. Tey will excite anyone with an interest in design although some may feel that the ceiling, that sags heavily into the restaurant space, may be a little overbearing. Fucina, 22 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London W1. Tel: +44 (0)20 7058 4444 www.fucina.co.uk


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