The Yard Creative designs Indian restaurant


The Yard Creative has designed interior designs for new Indian restaurant Naya, which opens in Newmarket, Suffolk, next year.

The consultancy was appointed to the work in June through a contact with client Ziaur Choudhrie, according to The Yard creative director Steve James-Royle. He says the client runs a number of other restaurants in the area.

James-Royle says The Yard was tasked with creating interiors that would have a similar feel to the Zizzi chain. He says, ’The client felt Zizzi had done exceptionally well.’

He adds, ’The brief was to help take its business to another level [above] the typical high-street Indian restaurant É [the aim was to create] a modern twist on an authentic, regional, refined concept that is warm and inviting with no formality.’

’We wanted to develop something inclusive – we didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. The frontage will be fully glazed, and within the restaurant nothing will be hidden. The tone will be very warm, with natural materials,’ says James-Royle.

A mirrored bronze installation will run throughout the restaurant, to make the space feel larger and more open – the restaurant is 93m2 and has 50 covers.

Different furniture elements, including chairs, stools and banquettes, will be used throughout. James-Royle says, ’We’ve mixed up the furniture to create pockets of desirable destinations.’

He adds, ’The outcome is a restaurant that has an intimate, inviting feel that is unexpected.’

Work is starting on site at the end of this month and the restaurant is set to open in late January 2011.

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