Tinderbox - Spitalfields

London E1

This is the second London opening for Tinderbox.

It is a 260 sq.m licensed espresso coffee bar on two levels situated within situated at the base of the new Nido development in Spitalfields in the City. We believe that this is now the largest coffee shop in London.

The building works involved the complete fit-out of a 4.5m high ‘shell & core’ retail space with new services throughout.

The design of this space is a development of the Tinderbox Islington N1 Centre concept. We have built a larger mezzanine and booth structure all clad with American black walnut ‘brick’ panels. There is a large feature wall clad with different shades of green and stained MDF strips to match the front of the main counter. A number of unusual finishes are used such as the natural sisal matting cladding to the large expanse of wall adjacent to the staircase and at high level above the windows.

Similar to the Tinderbox N1 Centre, one of the main concepts is to create a wide range of varying seating experiences to suit different uses – whether this be individual booths on both levels, long banquettes, long communal tables, perimeter counter seating, central concrete plinths, raised mezzanine seating for laptop users, raised ‘stepped seating’ and outdoor seating.

Many of the light fittings were bespoke designed such as the grouped oversized ‘coffee cup’ shades and the 'scattered' lampshades over the communal long tables.


Design Week

I have worked with JCA on a number of different projects and have always been very impressed by them.They always took the time to understand what I was trying to achieve and on each occasion provided me with the best solution and delivered it on time and within budget.

Carlo Ventisei, Tinderbox


• Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2011 - Finalist



• Design Week, December 6, 2010
• AJ Specification, July 2010
• Hospitality Interiors, July / August 2011