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Leeds The Light – Zizzi Restaurant – A taste of local heritage

A new addition to the Zizzi Leeds family has arrived. Now open in The Light Shopping Centre, the restaurant highlights a few of the things that have made Leeds famous. There are colourful Knitted wool stools that have been inspired by the city where the material originated, made by Fresh Talent Collective member Claire-Anne O’Brien.

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A bespoke textile has been designed by Luke Trybula (a graduate of Leeds University) and forms the upholstery of the central seating feature. This feature has been inspired by a loom – it’s something to behold!

Finally the illustrations have been sewn onto fabric (continuing the textile history) by Lisa Connolly.

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D-Raw:

d_raw’s site-specific design for Italian restaurant chain Zizzi’s newest site in Leeds, takes inspiration directly from the city’s industrial heritage – embracing a handful of cultural connections to make an inspiring mark.

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Most prominent is a loom motif (during the industrial revolution the city was famous for its textile industry, particularly its woollen mills), which has been translated into a central installation of interwoven wooden slats that slope dramatically upwards above the heads of diners. Designed to look like bobbins dipping in and out of fabric, each slat wooden slat appears to pierce through the restored concrete rib ceiling – another reminder of the city’s influential industrial past.

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Additional, smaller architectural tics underscore the visual impact: a hulking black steel bar echoes the heavy-duty machinery of the industrial age while woven upholstered panels also riff on the textile thematic.

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On a more modern note a smattering of design features tip a nod to contemporary Leeds life. Fluorescent strip lighting, to denote the restaurant’s home within the Leeds The Light shopping centre, acts as a beacon within the windows, while the blue and yellow of toilets and woollen stools acknowledge the city’s proud football culture.

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Project Data:

Project name: Zizzi Restaurant, Leeds The Light
Location: The Light Shopping Centre, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL, United Kingdom
Coordinates: 53.799577, -1.546048
Type: Cafe / Coffee Shop
Project Area: 2,000 sq.ft
Project Year: 2011
Status: Completed
Completion Year: 2012

Awards:

  • 2012 – Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Awards – Restaurant & Bar Design Awards, UK – Category: Restaurant or bar in a retail space – Winner

The people:

Client / Owner / Developer: Zizzi Restaurant
Interior Designer: D-Raw – 23b Goodge Place, London, W1T 4SN, United Kingdom
Knitted wool stools: Claire-Anne O’Brien
Bespoke textile upholstery: Luke Trybula
Textile illustrations: Lisa Connolly
Text Description: © Courtesy of D-Raw, Zizzi
Images: © D-Raw, Zizzi

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