DesignAgency unveils its interior for Nando's in Toronto

by Simon Yuen on Oct 11, 2016 in Interiors
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All images courtesy of Ben Rahn / A-Frame

All images courtesy of Ben Rahn / A-Frame

Toronto-based design studio DesignAgency has recently completed the interior for one of Nandos‘ branches in the city

The restaurant has incorporated authentic modern African style and the local culture of the city by showcasing a contemporary Southern African art collection. Under the leadership of Matt Davis, founding partner of the agency, and Chiharu Hao, project leader, the design of restaurant matches Queen Street West’s diverse subcultures.


The patio's brightly coloured furnishings and hanging lamps prompt an inviting, party-like atmosphere. Custom planters and landscaping nod to South Africa's unique painted huts while also creating an intimate enclosure and ensuring that the patio is still surrounded by the energy of the street. The highlight of the interior is the 50-foot-long feature wall, which runs from patio curbside through the better part of the building's interior, becoming the backing for an extended communal booth, and drawing a connection between inside and out.


“Nando’s gave us tons of freedom for the design, but they also stayed fully engaged in the process, participating in the reviews and offering high-level comments to keep an eye on authenticity and to ensure it has the right Nando's flavour. The desire is not to design a space that stays static and pristine throughout time, but rather a space that evolves and matures, creating a warm, enduring patina,” Davis concludes.


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