Contemporary Chinese cuisine in a truly unique setting, Tattu draws visual inspiration from body art and the development from its origins in the east.

Yarwood Leather’s Utah Anthracite features in Tattu’s first restaurant in Spinningfields, Manchester and now features in the recently opened Leeds East Parade restaurant.

Adam Jones, MD of Tattu, spoke to us about the inspiration for the new Leeds restaurant, which also features our leather debossing service on seating from Telegraph Contract Furniture.

Mezzanine large table

What inspired the design for your second restaurant, Tattu Leeds? 

Each of our restaurants takes visual inspiration from body art and the development from its origins in the east to its prominence in today’s western culture. Tattu Leeds has built on this inspiration focusing on the detail offered by contemporary body artists, which is replicated using intricate natural materials such as Bardiglio marble and basalt rock that has been imported from Hong Kong.

The Leeds site also features a cherry blossom tree adorned with white petals in tribute to Yorkshire’s white rose emblem. In Asia, the cherry blossom tree is a symbol of luck holding the belief that it showers people with love and happiness. It’s such a popular element in our Manchester restaurant and we wanted to demonstrate how, as part of the Tattu brand, the blossom has grown, which is why we chose to use more blossom in Leeds. It creates such a unique atmosphere for diners and becomes an instant talking point, which is fantastic for us to see as operators.

Mezzanine view from stairs

Having completed the Manchester restaurant, what did you learn before designing the new Leeds restaurant?  

We’ve definitely learnt a lot about how customers react to design, how different elements work within the context of the restaurant and the journey we have created for our guests. With Leeds, we wanted to reflect our own progression and how the brand has grown, so we looked at how body art has advanced and the new techniques that are prominent in today’s work. The details you see in modern body art are so intricate and beautiful, we wanted all of the elements in our design for Leeds to reflect this.

We strive to be unique in everything we do, so we had to do our research to find new materials that we could incorporate into the design for Leeds that reflected the overall concept. We’ve been lucky to work with some fantastic suppliers who’ve gone above and beyond to meet our brief and feel the finished aesthetic in Leeds is completely unique, while still complementing our first restaurant in Manchester.

Private dining room

Why did you choose our Utah leather with the debossed detail for the restaurant seating?  

Leather is a material that features heavily in Tattu Manchester. We wanted to continue using the material in Leeds but introduce a different aesthetic and texture for the new venue. We chose a dark marble for the floor and wanted to incorporate lighter elements that would offset the darker materials. When we saw a sample of how our ’T’ symbol could be debossed into the Utah leather, we knew this would give us that all important detail and high-end finish. We have some hand-tooled leather in Manchester and this, for us, was another way to show how leather can be a canvas for tattoo work using a different technique to ensure it was unique to Leeds.

Take a look around Tattu Leeds:

Tattu Manchester

Our friends over at Telegraph Contract Furniture were also involved in creating seating for the Tattu Manchester site.

Their Miami Chairs feature our Utah Anthracite, “Utah was specified for the particular colour as well as the softness and durability of the leather. After a year of being in the restaurant, it’s aged well with plenty more life left in them.”


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Chinese cuisine in a setting inspired by body art, read about Tattu Leeds

Posted by Laura Wood