There is great art and design on display at new Nando's stores in Cape Town. Picture supplied

It seems an unlikely mix but two new Nando’s outlets in Cape Town have a happy marriage of art and food at the centre of its design. 

Nando’s recently opened it’s Kuilsriver and V&A Waterfront stores and the decor was not an afterthought. 

The Kuilsriver Nando’s is quite the transformation, because the property has been completely renovated from a residential property into a sit down and take-away restaurant.

Funky decor at the Nando's in Kuilsriver. Picture supplied

Wolkberg Casting Studios was commissioned to design the wall cladding and the earthy tiles bring texture and handmade character to the space. 

There are great touches, such as the simple graphic woven shaped pendants done in bold colors woven by members of The Cape Town Society for the Blind. 

Local designer Tracy Lynch says: “The majority of the chairs included in the Kuils River Nando’s feature bold patterned prints which are inspired by Mozambican Kapalana fabrics and are a visual link back to the roots of the Peri Peri recipe which originated in Mozambique.”   

At the V&A Waterfront local designer, Megan Hesse says they commissioned works from both up-and-coming and well as established South African designers, crafters and artists.  

Art on display at the Nando's at V&A Waterfront. Picture supplied

There is a collaboration between artist Daniella Mooney and Qubeka Art studio has resulted in beautiful custom art pieces which will be a focal point within the interior. 

The Casa will also have the Tutu 2.0 pendants in the space which are designed by Thabisa Mjo, this design won the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa 2018. 

So next time you’re ordering you’re ordering your take-away or sitting down for a meal, have a look around because there might be designs and artwork that you should stop and appreciate.