Location: 175 Orchard St, LES, New York. Completed: 2018.
For their latest project, chefs Jeremiah Stone & Fabian Von Hauske, have teamed up with acclaimed Neapolitan pizza man, Anthony Mangieri to create UNA Pizza Napoletana.
The primary design challenge for UNA Pizza, was to create a singular cohesive space that represented two distinct identities: both culinary & aesthetic.
Materially, one side of the restaurant sets the other side off. ¾” matte black penny rounds rally across the South wall and floor surfaces forming a black mass, an ebony stained Oak banquette sits sandwiched between the dark tile and long crisp white lighting cove carved out of the South wall.
An over-sized off-white floor tile and ¾” French vanilla penny rounds create the opposing interior identity; fusing the light, bright interior surfaces, with the Calacatta marble bar and service hub.
A dividing line - where dark palette meets light - leads you to an aperture into the temperature controlled dough room. A perforated metal mesh screen pairs this view, with that of the pizza counter; where a nightly choreography takes place.
Site-lines are curated to frame activity and emphasize the artisanal quality driving the culinary experience. But the artisanal elements are not limited to the cuisine, all furniture was custom designed as an aggregate of Deco elegance and raw Industrialism.
The seating designed exclusively for UNA, is playful and geometric with splashes of vibrant jade upholstery. The oven is adorned with custom mosaic artwork. The restaurant floor is punctuated by the dotting of Sapele hardwood table-tops. The interplay of custom lighting elements and the layering of materials produce depth.
Each element holds the mark of the piece’s maker, the steel bar shelving were made in Memphis, the chair + stool pairing, in Pittsburg, the metal mesh screen and the banquettes and table tops, in Brooklyn.
The resulting design is one focused on craft, depth, vibrancy and material play.
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General Contractor: Ardent Craft
Millwork: RCP Builders