Inside Scampi Restaurant in New York City
Scampi is an Italian restaurant in the heart of Manhattan’s Flatiron district. With influence from Southern Italian dishes, the menu by Chef PJ Calapa is a refreshing and modern approach to Coastal Italian style cooking. The interior was completed by New York City-based Parts and Labor Design.
“The 3,000-square-foot restaurant seamlessly combines soft hand-applied plaster detailing, textured pale woods and gestural imperfections embodying a seaside Mediterranean feel with clean and geometric architectural details gleaning inspiration from post-modern Italian design. The main areas are divided into two distinctive spaces, Bar and Dining room, naturally delineated by the building’s architecture. Upon entry, guests are drawn to a dramatic bar area under a 13’ ceiling designed as a feature wall in and of itself, lined with graceful wood arches, custom turned brass mirrors and an open bottle display all set against the multi-leveled ceiling creating a unique, asymmetrical and artistic composition. Custom pendants drop from the high ceiling following the contour of the bar, which then become sharply interrupted by the cascading ceiling of the space forcing them to deviate and become bartop light fixtures – a detail that exploits the motion within the architecture. Just beyond the bar is the main dining room, where the design intent was to maintain both a visual and social connection to the bar area. Here, lower ceilings provide a more intimate setting to dine in. Roughly textured masonry walls inspired by rustic Italian architecture paired with a cream and blue color palette are reminiscent of deep ocean color gradients. Subtle peach tones provide the common thread throughout, which add a traditional warmth to the space. The layering of materials and textures give Scampi an eye-catching yet subtle variety. A custom solid wood door separates the main dining area from Scampi’s private dining room, and fully opens to allow the space to act as spillover dining when not in use for private events. The detailing throughout the PDR maintains a strong connection to the bar and main dining but has moments that are implemented to set it apart from other areas of the restaurant which include fluting details within the plaster, beautiful tile compositions and a decorative lighting installation within a dining nook towards the rear of the room. Consistent throughout all spaces are beautifully designed custom decorative light fixtures. Utilizing materials such as cast high gloss glazed ceramics, peach hand blown glass, solid woods and brass, the lighting package is integral to the architecture of the space. Ultimately, the design is clean and cohesive throughout, while successfully unifying the different experiences set in the space,” says Parts and Labor Design
- Location: Flatiron district – New York City, New York
- Size: 3,000 square feet
- Design: Parts and Labor Design