Tincan London Restaurant, Soho Dining Design, City Pop-up, Tinned Seafood
Upper James St Building: Pop-up Dining London, UK – design by AL_A
page updated 19 Oct 2016 with new photos ; 14 Oct 2014
Tincan Soho Restaurant
Upper James Street Building, Soho
Design: AL_A, Architects
Location: Tincan, 7, Upper James Street, Soho, London, W1F 9DH, England
Tincan Restaurant Project in Soho by AL_A
Launched during the London Design Festival and serving ‘the best tinned seafood in the world,’ tincan is a six month pop-up restaurant project in Soho by AL_A, supported by DuPont Corian.
While designing a new cultural centre in Lisbon, the AL_A team discovered a former fishing tackle shop, which was transformed into a tiny, vibrant restaurant serving only tinned seafood. What started as lunch quickly became an idea, and subsequently a new project.
Tincan elevates the tin to an object of desire in an environment designed by AL_A, which offers 30 different tins, all of the highest quality seafood, to eat in the restaurant or to buy in the shop. The idea is very compelling: no kitchen, the finest tinned seafood delicacies, super healthy, and great graphics with the tin as the hero.
DuPont™ Corian® features strongly as the primary surface in the space. It has been expertly fabricated to create interior wall cladding which is fitted with pegs to display a variety of can designs from around the world. DuPont™ Corian® also forms the sleek bar top in the restaurant which has been invisibly integrated with wireless charging technology for smartphones from Powermat, compliant with the standards of the Powers Matters Alliance.
The colour of DuPont™ Corian® chosen for tincan is new Deep Nocturne, an ultra jet black that creates a striking contrast to the iconography of the packaging on display. This is one of several new dark hues made with DeepColour™ Technology*, a patent pending manufacturing process developed by DuPont which enables the creation of dark solid surfaces offering deeper, more intense and durable colour, improved wear performance, and easier fabrication and fitting.
Amanda Levete, founder of AL_A comments, “The more we looked at the space the more ambitious we got about how we were going to display things. We can’t, as architects, come in and paint the walls black, we have to do something a bit special. So we called in all our collaborators. The new deep black of Corian® made an absolutely perfect backdrop.”
“DuPont is delighted to support this unique and exciting project in the heart of London and to collaborate once more with an architectural practice of the stature of AL_A. It’s inspiring to see the ways in which creative minds can translate a design vision using all the many benefits of DuPont™ Corian® and it is especially satisfying to see how well our pioneering DeepColour® Technology has been received by the leading lights of the design community,” says Maurizio Solaro, marketing manager of DuPont™ Corian® for Europe Middle East and Africa.
DuPont™ Corian® is an advanced surfacing material with a vast and inspiring range of applications. With its sophisticated combination of beauty, durability and versatility, DuPont™ Corian® can be applied to almost any conceivable design scheme or sector, from interior to exterior and whether curved or angular, flat or textured, functional or decorative. Endlessly evolving and embodying new technologies, DuPont™ Corian® offers genuine longevity and confidence in performance. Available in 90 colours, DuPont™ Corian® can be shaped into virtually any conceivable design and is joined seamlessly to create sleek, strong, renewable surfaces.
Photos courtesy of AL_A, all rights reserved on design and image
tincan, 7 Upper James Street, W1F 9DH
Launched in September 2014, open for six months
• 12pm until 11pm Monday to Thursday
• 11am to 11pm Friday and Saturday
• Closed Sunday
AL_A is an international award-winning architecture and design practice with a passion for experimentation across sectors. Its intuitive and strategic approach has led to a diverse range of concepts for cultural, retail and commercial schemes around the world including Central Embassy luxury shopping mall and hotel in Bangkok, EDP cultural centre in Lisbon (to complete in 2015) and the highly anticipated expansion of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (to complete in 2017).
DuPont™ Corian® has received important certifications for its environmental performance (such as GreenGuard®, NAHB North American Builders Association, US Green Building Council’s LEED® Green Building Rating System and Scientific Certification Systems) and its superior hygienic performance has been certified by independent institutions (such as NSF International, Royal Institute of Public Health and LGA QualiTest). Furthermore, all DuPont plants manufacturing DuPont™ Corian® have reduced to zero their impact on landfills by reducing, reusing and recycling, and their environmental management systems have been certified according to ISO 14001.
About DuPont – DuPont has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit www.dupont.com
Tincan Restaurant Soho images / information received 14/10/14
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