Vibrant colors, neon lighting and expressive furnishings create a playful temper inside this Brooklyn restaurant, designed by native studio Format Structure Workplace.
Cafe Mars is an Italian eatery positioned in Gowanus, based by co-chefs Jorge Olarte, and Paul D’Avino – whose grandfather lived throughout the road when he first emigrated from Campania in 1901.
Honouring these roots, the restaurant is designed as a celebration of all issues Italy: from the Memphis design motion of the Eighties to the glamorous Amalfi Coast.
“It was essential to attach the intent of the culinary expertise with the intent of the spatial expertise,” mentioned Format principal and co-founder Andrew McGee.
“If the driving drive of the menu was to showcase information and love of conventional Italian delicacies, twisted and subverted at simply the suitable moments to create one thing playfully rebellious and weird, it appeared solely pure to reference the character and motion in [Ettore] Sottsass and the Memphis model with the same classic within the structure and design realm,” he continued.
To enter the 1,100-square-foot (100-square-metre) restaurant, guests should flip a pasta die door deal with sourced from native third-generation producer D Malardi & Sons.
“The element is an enthralling nod to the constructing’s pasta manufacturing facility and Italian grocery historical past while ushering in its restaurant future,” the studio mentioned.
As soon as contained in the lengthy slender entrance area, the bar space might be discovered on the suitable and a row of back-to-back banquettes runs alongside the left.
The bar and the open kitchen additional down are framed by white oak panelled arches, revealing a vibrant blue again bar that echoes the identical form.
A tall, mild gray counter types an L-shape inside the first arch, with a decrease floor for diners seated in customized chairs by Studio Apotroes with scorching pink zig-zag legs.
Extra seats – this time with white particulars – face the kitchen space, beside a vibrant inexperienced shelving unit for tableware tucked beneath the bar counter.
Reverse, the customized double-sided banquettes have ribbed edges and are colored one yellow for each two white.
In between are arched yellow panels with round holes that expose the unique brick partitions behind, and Stuff by Andrew Neyer globe pendants that cling above every desk.
The “blue room” within the again options cobalt-coloured seating that contrasts the uncovered brick partitions, black window frames and white hexagonal ground tiles.
Scorching pink reappears within the cords of pendant lights with MushLume shades made out of mushroom mycelium, whereas bespoke wood tables have puzzle-piece tops that slot collectively in varied configurations.
At evening, vibrant LED lights inside the round wall components, beneath the bar counter and above the again bar all match a neon signal within the window, which traces the Cafe Mars emblem designed by artist Massimo Mongiardo.
His illustrations of pasta shapes might be discovered all through the interiors, together with within the bogs, and throughout the black-painted curler shutters pulled down when the restaurant is closed.
“The aim was to strike a fragile steadiness between fanciful and comforting, transformative and acquainted,” mentioned Format co-founder and principal Matthew Hettler.
“The design, nonetheless loud, turns into a backdrop for a high quality expertise, and that’s one thing we’re enthusiastic about.”
Different relative newcomers to Brooklyn’s ever-evolving culinary scene embody Nabila’s, a Lebanese spot designed by Frederick Tang Structure, and Usonian-inspired eatery Sereneco that includes interiors by Carpenter + Mason.
The pictures is by Nick Glimenakis.
Structure and inside design: Format Structure Workplace
Undertaking crew: Clare Hačko, David Hettler, Matt Hettler, Andrew McGee
Structural engineer: Blue Sky Design
MEP engineer: Division of Approvals