I have been photographing architecture and interiors in all sectors of the industry for 20 years. I am privileged to enjoy a close working relationship with some incredible architects, designers and fit-out firms. I place a great deal of importance on discussing a project with the designer in advance of a shoot, understanding the design concept and the creative thinking behind an idea. I like to talk over the designer’s key features and the parameters that they had to work within. I believe that this gives me a better understanding of the space and contributes to me capturing the overall design.
Nando’s is working with a handful of talented designers producing some amazing interiors. I have photographed restaurants with features including 7000 beer bottles hung from the ceiling in a wave like instillation … intriguing use of materials such as a sculpted concrete bar … staircases made out of metal mesh and plywood … walls clad in everything from copper panels to wooden shingles but the new Nando’s restaurant in Oxford really did answer the question of “what came first the chicken or the egg”?
STAC Architecture designed the space around the simple concept of new beginnings and the egg. The restaurant has the yellow yoke centre with a Nando’s design pallete surrounding it. On the surface this design concept is a simple and affective idea but when you start looking at what the centre of the restaurant includes it is far from it.