Tile Africa Contracts supplies porcelain, ceramic, slate and mosaic tiles, as well as bathroom ware, to Nando’s outlets nationally and internationally. The company recently provided tiles for the Gandhi Square outlet in central Johannesburg.
This Nando’s outlet demonstrates how neutral-coloured tiles can be used to great effect to highlight vibrant colours in a restaurant’s design. The Gandhi Square outlet carries the ‘retro’ Nando’s theme – one of four design themes the restaurant group has developed, the others being vintage, chic and organic. The outlet shows off the bold and beautiful colours of the African continent, complemented by colourful artwork and fabric.
To allow the rich colours of the restaurant to stand out, Tile Africa Contracts supplied neutral Zabula beige 600 by 600mm glazed porcelain tiles which make the colourful décor accessories ‘pop’, creating a lively atmosphere for customers.
On the bathroom walls 200 by 200mm glossy white tiles and 240 by 115mm brilliant light ivory tiles are used. Dave Cousins, designer at Nando’s, says, “For the bathroom, we decided to go with a quirky feel and embossed the tiles with phrases, like ‘Flush’, ‘Wash your hands’, and ‘Hot/Cold’. This tied in with the funky atmosphere of the venue overall.”
For the back-of-house floor, Tile Africa Contracts supplied Interbau 240 by 115mm grey yellow split tiles, and for the front-of-house floors glazed porcelain tiles were chosen. “We selected tiles with a high PEI rating due to the high traffic at the outlet,” says Cousins.
The front-of-house feature walls are finished in Wood Magic tiles (600 by 300mm) that imitate wooden planks and a watermelon, peacock and kiwi glass mosaic blend provides an attractive accent at the hand-wash station.
In the kitchen, brick patterns, beaded discs and columns decorated with African beads are offset by tiles in subtle, earthy colours.
Tile Africa Contracts offers a range of services to architects, contractors, specifiers and designers and its national distribution network enables the company to supply products in all nine provinces. “We provide convenience and simplicity for customers preferring to deal with one supplier for all their tiling and bathroom ware needs, from cladding and flooring to wall tiles and decorative finishes,” says Craig Irvine, national manager for Tile Africa Contracts.
A key contact person or trained technician is closely involved in each project and the team works hand-in-hand with clients on projects, collaboratively selecting products to suit each space.