Photography: AMA

Italian restaurant Fucina will be throwing open its doors in London’s Marylebone this week offering diners an up-close look at its unusual ‘undulating’ ceiling…

Andy Martin Architecture designed the interiors for the 106-cover restaurant which features a curvaceous antico mattone ceiling as its centrepiece. The bulbous brick form is inspired by the heat-warped innards of a traditional pizza oven and has been made entirely by hand.

Fucina is the latest offering from restaurateur Kurt Zdesar – the man behind Chotto Matte and dim sum chain Ping Pong – and its menu will ply diners with traditional Italian dishes, albeit with a contemporary twist.

Downstairs, there’s a big wood-fired pit – a fucina – which lends the restaurant its moniker, and will be used for roasting suckling pig, lamb and boar. AMA has taken the inspiration of the forge further into the restaurant’s material palette of burnt steel, fired brick, marble and timber, used across the interiors and bespoke furnishings.

Photography: AMA
Photography: AMA

‘The furniture takes inspiration from the tree – its branches, its roots,’ says the practice. ‘The large tables grow from the floor and the chairs are fabricated from refined and machined branches.’

Elsewhere, a mirrored back wall elongates the feeling of space in the upstairs dining room, while an enormous, floor-to-ceiling steel framed screen adds privacy from the street-level. It has been fitted with handmade panels of coloured glass.

Fucina officially opens on 17 October.

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