Step inside the Finisterea café in Florence, a themed restaurant that is dedicated to everything that makes Florence what it is. Made of locally sourced materials, such as Florentine stone flooring and wall finishes and other references to the history of the city in its architecture, this restaurant would make any Florentine proud.
The design and feel of the café itself is one of calm and meditation, in that it employs the varying stone surfaces with features and lighting to create this type of mood, as you will see…
As we step inside, we start to get a grasp of the nature of the design. The inspiration comes from the Basilica of the holy cross; ecclesiastical overtones and a modern version of a classic Roman courthouse or place of worship. Etched on the woodwork above is a quotation from Giorgio Vasari, a famous Florentine; a theme continued throughout the restaurant design and one of the more significant applications of the restaurant that makes it what it is.
We get to see here, in greater detail, the real heart of the inspiration to the design. Stone faces and high, wooden beam supported, ceilings make you feel a bit like your in the house of the lord; a mausoleum to be more precise, as was the intention. Dark walnut and those hanging lights before an organ-esque wall mount also add to this feel with intensity.
Engraved on those walls are the names of famous Florentines, a trend that continues throughout the restaurant on all surfaces of its kind. Names remembered and etched into history… . as if they already weren't, but it's still a nice touch. Behind those hidden doors lie the bathrooms, like the hidden rooms of the ancient churches and temples of Florence's crowning religious period.
The low lighting and decorative dividers, used in the outside seating area, give this area of the restaurant an aura of its own. Very warming, very relaxing and, above all, seriously atmospheric; due to the golden light coming in from every angle.