September has designed the newest Tacofino location located on West 4th Avenue in Vancouver BC, transforming the sub street-level space into a refreshing casual dining experience.
The concept for the location was developed around a base of utilitarian and natural materials that make reference to the local environment and economy. Painted slatted cedar 2x4’s wrap around the banquette and water station as well as above the service counter. Exposed conduit and keyless lamp fixtures are laid out to lightly trace the shape of a wave barrelling over the room making a subtle nod to the owner’s hometown and the restaurants roots in Tofino. References to water and natural forms appear in the wall menu, ovoid mirrors, custom beach stone tabletops, and artwork.
What was the brief?
The client had requested a fresh space that made reference to Tofino, the Canadain Surf town where the clients live and started the business. To do this we focused on using the minimal amount of materials necessary to make reference to the natural features the area is known for.
What were the key challenges?
Because the space is partly below grade, with low ceilings, the lighting was a key challange.
Key products used:
The dining chairs are by Stockholm-based Afteroom Studio.
The beachstone terrazzo table tops are by September in collaboration with a local artist who fabricates many of our custom pieces.
The ovoid mirrors are by another Vancouver based talent, Kate Richard.
What were the solutions?
Using the surface mounted conduit and keyless light fixtures to trace the shape of a wave over the ceilings and walls furthered the project concept and provided the overall lighting required.