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Inspired by the great archaeological heritage of Naples, the aesthetic concept of 'Overground emerges as the recreation of an archaeological site through the use of brutalist materials interpreted by more contemporary lines and linked to the underground idea: to be underground as a secret, experimental and subversive place, this done through lighting, textures and vegetation.
‘Overground is the dark brother of the restaurant ‘Over also designed by Quiet Studios. The brightness and tranquility of the restaurant above contrasts with the darkened ambience in the underground. A different experience was designed, the other menu of food and drinks is offered, different light and smell, another sensation.
The materials used for ‘Overground are mainly oxidized iron, unpolished marble and the cement of the walls. Iron structures for the bar, shelves, doors and windows were built to measure. The red metal contrasts with the white marble that rests on the metal structure. These raw materials are refined by the light and elegant lines from mid-century furniture.
The lighting of the space is a collaboration with the Venetian glass manufature Wonderglass. The Sleeve lamps designed by John Pawson illuminate the bar and the Momento designed by Nao Tamura hang over the different centers distributed in the room. This lighting combined with the skylights of glass at each side of the space, through which it comes the lights of central London streets.
In tune with the furniture of the restaurant above, a selection of Scandinavian furniture was curated to furnish the interior. Original mid-century sofas and armchairs were purchased from Danish antique dealers and restored with new upholstery of dark Italian fabric to match the darkness of the space. The furniture is completed with elegant pieces from the Danish firm Menu: Afternoon Chair and NoNo coffee table.
Vegetation is an other important element in the interior; due to the lack of natural light it was especially difficult choosing the right flora for the space. After an exhaustive study of the conditions of the space, it is decided to use maiden fern and Spanish moss as the main greenery.
The unusual industrial style inspired by the subversive underground experience combined with the influence of the Neapolitan archaeological heritage represented on the marble makes of ‘Overground a singular interior.
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