Capanna is the new trendy Italian restaurant in Athens. Located in Kolonaki a chic area in the centre of the town. It is fully booked day after day all day… making the global crisis seem unreal. However, this amazing trattoria offers high quality food and service at low prices. Well, are these the only ingredients of success ? Not really. Have a closer look …
The famous online magazine Yatzer explains that K-studio brings yet another impressive interior design project in the heart of Athens, Greece in the Kolonaki district. Capanna, an all day pizzeria/trattoria, located on the corner of two streets, one of which pedestrianized. Tradition meets modern design with influences of Scandinavian furniture pieces against a minimal backdrop.
Once you closely observe the Capanna, you realize that familiar materials add up to that homely and alluring atmosphere which is extended to the interior design. The characteristic French style narrow wooden shutters are the main design element; of course these shutters are not only ‘French’ as their name suggests but are rather European in style and can be widely found in Italy and Greece among other European countries. The vintage-like shutters which prevail throughout the interior design clad the volume of the mezzanine level where the restrooms, kitchen and storage room are conveniently located. Underneath the mezzanine, sits a burning oven and the pizza bar which are enclosed within a travertine stone box that sits in the far corner of the space framing the Pizzaiolo.
A pallet of familiar materials to both Italian and Greek cultures is applied where cement tiles, stucco plaster, travertine stone, blackened steel railings and traditional tiles with a geometric motif of a past era all make up for the backdrop. The floor is laid out in grey cement tiles, but in the double-height area, in an attempt to stress the height of the pizzeria, a geometric motif of patterned cement tiles creates a wide strip that continues onto the adjacent wall. The tiles’ dirty-terracotta colored motif brings a feeling of a vintage-like, past era, feel; however, what changes the tone of the backdrop is the grey stucco plastered walls and ceiling which enclose all the design elements in a minimal envelope. A suspended blackened steel staircase which connects the mezzanine with the ground floor only adds on to the minimal design.
Nonetheless, a modern twist is added to this fusion design with Scandinavian style tables and a remarkable selection of vintage industrial chairs by the Greek based Temporary Showroom of Mr. Alketas Pazis. The furniture adds softness, while the suspended terracotta clay lamps in the double-height area somehow penetrate to the floor with the geometric motif tiling. But what will definitely capture your attention is the mural by mural artist Joanna Burtenshaw – on your way up to the restrooms, Burtenshaw has created a biro drawing which illustrates the process of making fresh pasta, inspired by the traditional design of the restaurant’s tableware.
The arrangement of purposefully designed elements, domestic resources and materials and the vintage furniture, creates an architecture which balances the bespoke elements, creating a stimulating and sociable atmosphere in a homely environment.
Restaurant manager is talented Christos Fasseas who manages everyone successfully with a smile. We will be there on Thursday and I plan to take some pictures of the food because on Saturday I was absorbed enjoying my dinner and forgot my blog. Have a lovely week!