Introducing Piraña: A New Retro Restaurant Designed by Sella Concept

Sella Concept’s Gayle Noonan and Tatjana von Stein have just added the finishing touches to this new casual bar-restaurant Piraña with a bold colour palette and a playfully retro style. With an address in Balham - South London’s up-and-coming neighbourhood du jour - this South American-inspired bar and restaurant is located in the area’s emerging nightlife hub of Bedford Hill.

 Blue and white tile mosaics and striking window façades are dominated by a red metal framework.

Blue and white tile mosaics and striking window façades are dominated by a red metal framework.

‘While the food concept touches on South American cuisine, the brief was to create something unique with no particular cultural reference but that invites guests to eat and drink in a relaxed manner throughout the day. Our approach rests on colour and flow, creating spaces within spaces to drink and dine.’ – Tatjana von Stein, founder, Sella Concept

  The front room has a banquette-lined platform.

 The front room has a banquette-lined platform.

Designed to catch the eye with its bold colour combinations, the exterior has been styled with mosaics of blue and white tile and striking window façades dominated by a red metal framework. Inside, Piraña’s playful, trend-agnostic aesthetic is created through the use of a rich, sensory palette of colours and materials, including a bespoke floor in jade terrazzo (created in partnership with a fabricator in Spain), micro mosaic tiling at the bar, and a deep, earthy red in the upholstery and the curved timber slats that ties the space together. For Sella Concept, a studio known for its love of warm pastel pinks, the Piraña interior represents quite a departure.

 The Chef's Table looks onto the Piraña kitchen. Materials include timber slats and a bespoke floor in jade terrazzo.

The Chef's Table looks onto the Piraña kitchen. Materials include timber slats and a bespoke floor in jade terrazzo.

Apart from the chairs and lights, every fixture and item of furniture in Piraña has been custom-designed for the space by Sella Concept – including the booths, bar, banquette, tables, stools, floors and bathroom sinks. The most impressive aspect of the project, however, is how they’ve been able to cram a range of distinct moods and atmospheres into a relatively small space.

Piraña, 76 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9HD

Photographed by Nicholas Worley.