Project: Friska, Bristol
Friska restaurants are welcoming, relaxed and comfortable spaces. The light, airy and contemporary feel of its outlets is perfected by a selection of products from the Amtico Spacia Woods range, which offers design flexibility with practical and durable performance.
''Amtico really opened up the design options for both stores, presenting finishes and styles that previously weren’t possible with other materials. The flooring also offered the practical benefits of being easier to install and maintain throughout its life cycle.''
Designer and Proprietor at Story Design
When it came to the design of two new restaurants in Brindley Place, Birmingham, and The Eye in Bristol, Friska founders, Ed Brown and Griff Holland, wanted a look and feel that complemented the company’s values, including their commitment to sustainability and ethical sourcing.
During early projects, Friska had used engineered oak, but for Brindley Place and The Eye, the Friska team wanted to explore a broader range of wood tones than could be achieved within budget for natural materials.
After consulting Bristol-based Story Design, Amtico Spacia was specified for the flooring in both outlets due to its ability to offer excellent durability and performance for high footfall areas, while remaining cost effective.
When it came to brand cohesion, Friska’s Brindley Place and The Eye both shared a common aesthetic, but retained their own independent feel with varying designs and accent touches.
The same flooring collection was used in both to bring a consistency to the spaces, with the company opting for Sun Bleached Oak and Weathered Oak. The wood effects provide cool, contemporary environments, while echoing a distressed finish in natural grey tones.
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