Tusk – The Story Behind The Design

Last year I was first introduced to Tusk at a networking event, when it launched within the heart of an industrial warehouse now called ‘Northern Lights’ in Cains Brewery Village. Surrounded by a creative community of artists within the studios of The Royal Standard, Tusk is a perfect choice for coffee, brunch, lunch or a relaxed evening meal with a vegan led menu and a relaxed dog friendly vibe. I interviewed Emily Bartlett a few months back, who is one of The Royal Standard artists.

I love to discover new places and try out new food, but I’m more so intrigued to find out where the inspiration behind the interior design comes from. I tend to get side tracked and admire the interior decor as opposed to the menu, so it always takes me forever to actually order my food!

Within that networking event I was introduced to Andrea Edwards, the founder of Tusk and her energy was infectious. It’s evident she is passionate about what she does and naturally the conversation led to me asking questions about the interior design of the space. You will see the design concept seems to run along the theme of triangles with pops of the colour yellow here and there. Interestingly this shape and colour scheme for the brand was inspired by the angled form of the warehouse architecture roof and the metal frame within.

Harrison Stringfellow were appointed by The Interesting Eating Company for the fit out of a new café/bar, Tusk. Situated in the central lobby of the mixed use studio and events space, Northern Lights, the challenge was to transform an under used circulation space into an active hub for both the users of the building and the public.

The recognisable ‘saw tooth’ form has been referenced throughout, including the profiled feature wall, printed bar front and lighting arrangment. We experimented by producing multiple sample panels of various timber treatments in house to create a multi-functional feature wall, housing a recessed seat, a wood burning stove, and public facing/private storage. The feature wall attributed to the cafe’s strong identity that is both individually distinctive but complimentary to the existing Northern Lights.”

When I’m visiting the Baltic Triangle, I always pop into Tusk for a cup of tea or a hot chocolate and I’ve had lunch a few times too! The food is delicious so I’d highly recommend trying it out. Very recently Tusk hosted an event for me, where I offered free interior design consultations for the day. It was a great day and I met some lovely people including a family who want to make changes to their property, to accommodate their daughter who has a rare health condition. I love having the opportunity to help people for deeper reasons other than just making a room look pretty. Good interior design is not just about making a space look nice; it’s a service that can be utilised to create functional living and workspaces that result in an improved wellbeing and quality of life.

I’m hoping to offer more pop up advice days where you can meet me for a cup of tea and find out what I do, so keep your eyes peeled for upcoming dates! I offer a flexible design service where you can work with me on a consultation basis, ranging right through to full design and project management. Find out more here.

Natalie x

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