Project Team

design: Matt Woods Design

Ian Summers, the Avido proprietor, came to Matt Woods Design with a fresh concept developed after years of wining and dining whilst working in finance abroad. A modern dining environment that takes it’s aesthetic and menu cues from the popular Rissoterias in Soho, New York.

Generational changes and additions had seen the chosen Avido site, once The Cupcake Bakery, and earlier Hot Gossips café, become a hotch potch of styles and finishes. The primary aim of the sites transformation has been to create a unifying aesthetic which is warm, inviting, interesting and unique. This has been achieved through the combination of reclaimed and new materials. The individual elements have been selected with their environmental impact in mind and are fused with classic design techniques and furnishings in a contemporary, slightly industrial way.

Patrons are greeted with an intricate macramé ceiling feature by Smalltown’s Sarah Parkes, which is offset by deconstructed brick walls, warm timber counters, blasts of colour and an eclectic range of classically styled furnishings from Mark Tuckey.

Diners are encouraged to “hang their hats” and call Avido home either in the dining room, at the bar or in the 40-seat wine garden, which offers the additional bonus of the theatre of an open kitchen.

De materialisation has been a focus with a conscious effort made to retain and work with the primary structure of the existing building. Further efforts have been made to ensure new interior elements do not impede the natural cross ventilation of the space.

The timber bar tops has been sourced from Salvage (, and are circa 1902 French oak joists from the Loire Valley, with the ends gently stepped to the patron’s side. The bar front features an old English style tessellated tile which has been ‘rearranged’ to form a bespoke tiled feature.

FSC certified hardwood has been used to create the turned timber wall features and pure leather, a 100% byproduct of the livestock industry, has been used on banquette seating.

Sustainable Features
Lighting plays a big part in the interior refurbishment with LED’s used for bar and wine rack features. At night the wine gardens mood is enhanced through recycled jars with a simple tea light candle, while the suspended pendants weaving their way through the macramé are flit by dimmable cold cathode long life compact fluoro’s.”

De materialisation has been a focus with a conscious effort made to retain and work with the primary structure of the existing building. Construction waste has been reused in the construction of interior elements with timbers reused as feature walls in the dining room and below banquette seating. All recyclable waste is collected for recycling.

All materials were chosen based on the following criteria-
-Impact on human health and wellbeing
-Durability & lifespan
-Re use potential
-Re cycle potential
-Embodied energy of material
-Water Conservation

Only the original, reclaimed or fsc certified plantation timbers have been used in the construction of tabletops, floors, bar tops and joinery items.

Indoor environmentally air quality includes Low / no VOC paints used with all materials assessed for potential out gassing.

Caravaggio P

Designed by Cecilie Manz for Lightyears, Caravaggio is characterised by direct lighting without glare. It also adds to the room’s ambient light via the upward lighting from the pendant’s top. Comes in four different sizes. Drawn steel coated with black or white high-gloss lacquer. Black high-gloss finish comes with a red or a black cord; white high-gloss finish comes with a dark grey cord. White Opal glass version also available.

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