london uk (2003)
area : 900 m2
scope : architectural works and interior fit-out
bar italia and little italy in london’s soho are city institutions. lab’s design retails the existing bar italia and redevelops little italy into three levels of bars, restaurants and a cafe.
little italy’s existing design deliberately used a palette of materials and colours that evoked italy in a contemporary and distinct way: the terrazzo floor with its white marble pebbles, the split face verona marble tiles to the street facade and the natural ochre coloured render to the walls. each of these are evocative of italy, and together they helped form a distinct image for the restaurant.