Nando’s. We lovin’ it! (See what I did there?). It is a local and lekker vibe, nje. I mean what’s there not to love? Unless you are vegan of course—we love the tasty flame-grilled chicken, the on the ball and tongue-in-cheek marketing, and especially how it empowers, collaborates, and puts South African artists and designers on. Think Bonolo Chepape of Lulasclan, Neil Grantham’s bespoke seating installation for Nando’s headquarters in London, David Krynauw, Mash.T Design, and many more. Nando's is a brand that celebrates South African creativity.
While each restaurant has its own unique design, they all share earthy tones and textures featuring original, local South African art. Quick interesting fact: Nando's has more than 21 000 pieces of art in their growing collection, all hanging in over 1000 branches around the world.
Reddeco, a Pretoria-based and internationally renowned architecture and design practice, has designed a couple of Nando’s branches in SA. This includes Bela Bela and Middelburg (which will be launched soon) and the Msasa branch in Zimbabwe.
Founded, by Gysbert van Graan, the firm strives to follow a holistic, human-centred design approach and to create spaces with functional, aesthetic and emotional consideration. ‘We enjoy collaborating with other design disciplines to not only improve our own design ability but to tempt the limits of creativity. Our mission is simply to achieve a design language that speaks of originality, quality, and a distinct identity.’
Take a look at their inspired work below: