Two passionate hearts “on a mission to celebrate the authentic flavours of their Lebanese heritage” are behind the recently opened Sydney eatery, Operation Zaatar. Named after the herb grown by their grandfathers, as well as the flavourful blended spice condiment, za-atar, the family owned café looked to Strutt Studios to create a contemporary interior that drew on this heritage.
“Operation Zaatar is a boutique bakery offering Middle Eastern comfort dishes, share plates and pastries, and this unique hospitality concept offered an opportunity to create a bespoke interior to match – whereby the interior design not only represented the visual identity of the Operation Zaatar brand, but allowed us to experiment with products such as the Fibonacci Stone’s The Sunbaker tile in unconventional ways,” says Sophie Bowers, director of Strutt Studios.
“The design concept for Operation Zaatar stemmed from the colours and organic texture of the Zaatar herb in its natural landscape. Burnt oranges and muddy greens are balanced by soft beige tones, and as the design developed, The Sunbaker tile was one of the first finishes to be specified,” she says. “Not only does The Sunbaker colour scheme mimic that of the scorched scenery from our concept, but importantly, we knew that the flooring had to be the most durable product in the entire fit-out. This was another key reason why we specified Fibonacci Stone, because the technology behind the product meant that we could confidently assure our clients of its longevity”.
“The Sunbaker tile became a key driver in the design development process as we focused on making the giant oven feel balanced within the interior. Our lead project designer created a beautiful skirting detail with The Sunbaker around the oven and counter, and due to the soft pattern and organic finish of the tile, these bulky items were given a weightless appearance,” says Sophie. “Additionally, this stunning tile was used as a feature bench top on many of the joinery pieces, in another nod to traditional construction methodology.”
Fibonacci Stone Creative Director, Michael Karakolis agrees: “The Sunbaker is ideally suited to honest, organically inspired architecture, and this is a great example of form, function and heritage coming together beautifully. It’s very much what we are about here at Fibonacci Stone, and heartfelt congratulations to Strutt Studios, the builders Sheeth Projects and to Operation Zaatar on a fantastic result”.