The owners of Il Tartufo in Marbella Old Town had been very successful in their old small, cozy restaurant but had outgrown their premises. A corner plot became available right next door and so they decided to take the leap and expand their restaurant to larger premises which offered a bigger interior space and a huge terrace, with the potential for an extra 40 covers in the summer months.
Blackshaw Interior Design was contracted to re-fit the new premises and recreate the feel of a warm, buzzy, welcoming restaurant. Having secured a loyal following by existing customers in the old restaurant, it was important to retain a similar feel and atmosphere, whilst at the same time taking the opportunity to modernize the space and open it up to a wider audience.
The first immediate change was to open up the windows and replace them with sliding glass panels. This allowed us to seamlessly blend the interior and exterior spaces, making the premises look larger and more welcoming and allowing clientele to see the chefs at work and diners enjoying their culinary experience.
Secondly we needed to bring through the feeling and ambience from the old restaurant. This was done by using rustic exposed brick-work and a distinctive, dark wooden finish. To inject a more contemporary feel we then added accessories and design features such as custom made silk lampshades in the signature colours of burnt orange and mushroom.
The colour scheme was important for expressing the identity of the restaurant and giving it a sense of place. The burnt orange is contemporary whilst reminding us of rustic Italian buildings. This is combined with the regal purple and Bordeaux colours, which work well in restaurants as they can be both warm and contemporary. The wine colours and the signature mushroom colour, which had featured heavily in the old restaurant, were brought to the forefront in the new premises to give existing customers a sense of familiarity as well as a fresh new look.
We also developed their corporate branding and logo to as to ensure synergy with the new design. A mistake many restaurants make, is not knowing how to use their corporate identity. It’s easy to over or under brand a space – what you’re looking for is to use just enough to stick in peoples’ minds. For Il Tartufo, we used sign writing on the exterior along with vinyl stickers on the windows and illuminated laser cut acrylic lettering on the bar to pick out the logo and give it a strong identity without over doing it. To define the terrace area and make it part of the interior space, we produced stylish exterior pavement signs.
By blending old and new, we created a beautiful space where diners could enjoy the perfect indoor or alfresco dining experience.