Format Architecture designs “delightfully untraditional” Brooklyn restaurant

Shiny 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 situated 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.

Playful furnishings all through Cafe Mars consists of chairs with hot-pink arched and zigzag legs

Honouring these roots, the restaurant is designed as a celebration of all issues Italy: from the Memphis design motion of the Nineteen Eighties to the glamorous Amalfi Coast.

“It was necessary to attach the intent of the culinary expertise with the intent of the spatial expertise,” stated Format principal and co-founder Andrew McGee.

The bar and open kitchen are framed by white oak panels

“If the driving pressure of the menu was to showcase information and love of conventional Italian delicacies, twisted and subverted at simply the fitting moments to create one thing playfully rebellious and strange, it appeared solely pure to reference the character and motion in [Ettore] Sottsass and the Memphis fashion with the same classic within the structure and design realm,” he continued.

Above every desk in the principle eating house is a yellow panel with a gap cut-out, exposing the constructing’s unique brick

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 a captivating nod to the constructing’s pasta manufacturing facility and Italian grocery historical past while ushering in its restaurant future,” the studio stated.

The customized banquettes are colored one yellow for each two white

As soon as contained in the lengthy slim entrance house, the bar space could be discovered on the fitting 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 vivid blue again bar that echoes the identical form.

The “blue room” within the again options cobalt-coloured seating that contrasts the uncovered brickwork

A tall, gentle gray counter kinds an L-shape inside the first arch, with a decrease floor for diners seated in customized chairs by Studio Apotroes with sizzling pink zig-zag legs.

Extra seats – this time with white particulars – face the kitchen space, beside a vivid inexperienced shelving unit for tableware tucked below the bar counter.

Sizzling pink reappears within the cords of pendant lights, which have shades created from mushroom mycelium

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 dangle above every desk.

Pasta illustrations by artist Massimo Mongiardo are discovered all through the inside, together with within the rest room

The “blue room” within the again options cobalt-coloured seating that contrasts the uncovered brick partitions, black window frames and white hexagonal flooring tiles.

Sizzling pink reappears within the cords of pendant lights with MushLume shades created from mushroom mycelium, whereas bespoke wood tables have puzzle-piece tops that slot collectively in numerous configurations.

At night time, vibrant LED lights inside the round wall parts, below 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 could 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.

Mongiardo’s illustrations additionally cowl the black curler shutter on the outside

“The aim was to strike a fragile steadiness between fanciful and comforting, transformative and acquainted,” stated Format co-founder and principal Matthew Hettler.

“The design, nonetheless loud, turns into a backdrop for a top quality expertise, and that’s one thing we’re enthusiastic about.”

A neon model of the Cafe Mars emblem sits within the window, matching the colourful LED lighting inside

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.

Over in Manhattan, the variety of Italian eating places continues to balloon, with Unhealthy Roman and Cucina Alba among the many many to have opened up to now yr.

The pictures is by Nick Glimenakis.

Mission credit:

Structure and inside design: Format Structure Workplace
Mission staff: Clare Hačko, David Hettler, Matt Hettler, Andrew McGee
Development: Rusk
Structural engineer: Blue Sky Design
MEP engineer: Division of Approvals


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