Established over 40 years ago, Tekne have built a reputation as one of the UK’s leading hospitality, commercial and retail space fitters. Working on projects such as ‘Jamie’s Italian’, ‘Wagamamma’, ‘Selfridges’ and ‘Tramshed’, Tekne only use suppliers who are able provide the service and product quality required for such high profile, bespoke projects.
For every job specification, stock availability, price and speed of delivery are carefully considered. When it comes to hardwood timber and veneers, Timbmet are always on the list.
Manager Director Ed Sylvestre sights Timbmet’s service, stock availability and accurate pricing as some of the reasons:
“Timbmet are very responsive and they deliver almost everyday – quick turnaround is crucial to our business and Timbmet can usually get the products to us quicker than anyone else. They can be relied up to have the stock and offer accurate, competitive prices.”
American Black Walnut in The Great Northern Hotel
Originally designed by architect Lewis Cubitt, the Great Northern Hotel opened in 1854 as the first of the new generation of Victorian railway hotels. The 91-bedroom hotel has now been sensitively refurbished. The intention has been to evoke the romance of rail travel from a bygone age and to preserve a sense of history and style.
Leading international consultancy and construction company, Mace, acted as the hotel’s design and build contractor and commissioned Tekne to take on this major fit-out.
The hotel features a destination restaurant and a glamorous bar ‘Plum + Spilt Milk’, with views overlooking the King’s Cross piazza and St Pancras International. The elegant yet informal space incorporates extensive use of Walnut. Timbmet supplied large quantities of the highest quality American Black Walnut timber, worktops and veneered panels used for the bar itself, waiter stations and wall linings.
The result is a luxurious, sophisticated and contemporary interior that has recently been shortlisted for European Hotel design award.
European Oak in The Corner Restaurant at Selfridges
‘The Corner Restaurant and Champagne Bar’, on the second floor of Selfridges, is very much focused at a high end clientele, and is designed to be intimate yet comfortable, with a 1930s style, and includes a mix of timber, brass and cut glass detailing. The restaurant, has recently been shortlisted for the Restaurant Design awards, and features an Oak timber floor, purpose made wall lights and panelling with fluted brass and Oak trimmings using solid European Oak supplied by Timbmet.
Tekne Shop fitting Contracts Director, Phil Mansbridge commented:
“This was a quite complex project with many high finishes, and as Selfridges remained open during the works there were a few limits on what we could do at any one time. Apart from a couple of changes along the way we kept to the original project timeframe and budget and the finished result looks great.”
Iroko in Busaba Eathai
‘Wagamamma’ and ‘Hakkasan’ owner Alan Yau’s chain of Thai restaurant’s ‘Busaba Eathai’, with interiors designed by architect David Archer, recently won the top prize at the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards for its wonderful interior which combines Far Eastern simplicity with the epic scale of a giant warrior warship. For the Bicester Village restaurant, Tekne were tasked to create the vast timbered interior using light weight and cost efficient materials. Their solution was to Iroko stained veneer supplied by Timbmet with a strong polystyrene core creating the look and feel of aged, solid timber beams. The end result is truly stunning.