New Soho kitchenless restaurant design celebrates “the tin”

A new tinned seafood restaurant in London’s Soho is opening this week, with designs by AL_A which take ‘the tin as the hero’.

Tincan

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The temporary space, named Tincan, will be operating for six months. AL_A created all interior and graphic designs, inspired by its work designing a new Lisbon-based cultural centre, where it found a fishing tackle shop which was transformed into a restaurant serving only tinned seafood.

Tincan

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AL_A director Max Arrocet says: “We wanted to elevate the tin to an object of desire. Sometimes [in Lisbon] we’d buy the tins just for the packaging, not what’s inside.”

Tincan will operate as a kitchenless restaurant and a retail space, selling a curated selection of tinned seafood sourced by AL_A.

Tincan

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“It became a bit of a hobby finding all these different tins”, says Arrocet. “None of these products are available in the supermarket, they’re all limited-editions, but we’re put them all together in one area.”

The walls of Tincan are black, clad with DuPontCorian’s new Deep Nocturne surface material. Arrocet says: “We wanted to create an abstract feel with the black backdrop to elevate the product.

Tincan

Source: AL_A

Tincan

“The modular system please with the idea of repettion, and we created patterns with all the tins.”

Other features in the space include Iduna furniture and lighting by O-LED with LG and Iduna. The shopfit is by Powells.

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