Nulty Lights Up Scarpetta
20 Canada square, E14

Nulty has recently completed the lighting scheme for the latest opening of artisan pasta restaurant, Scarpetta. The restaurant’s new Canary Wharf location combines the fast-paced nature of London with the warmth of the Mediterranean, creating a casual fast-food concept that guarantees a real Italian experience.

Nulty worked alongside interior design firm Mystery and architects Mailen Design to create a lighting design that accentuated the industrial yet rustic feel of the interior. The restaurant, positioned on the prime corner plot of a former office, has a tinted glass façade surrounding the building’s exterior. The non negotiable tinted windows provided a challenge that was overcome by sparkling neon signage and carefully positioned pendants used to draw customers’ eyes into the restaurant, and brighten the darkened windows whilst creating interest and intrigue for passers-by.

Upon entering you are greeted by a rich and varied palette of timber flooring, exposed pipes and copper mesh that continues throughout. A large tiled serving counter acting as the pasta station has a higher level of illumination to reinforce the ‘theatre’ of the space and highlight the specialist pasta machinery. A copper conduit installation behind the counter features bare lamps at the tip, which were carefully positioned to highlight menu boards and pick up the texture in the timber backdrop.

The airy high ceilings and exposed services are fitted with a dropped copper raft over seating areas, to create more intimacy for customers. Transparent pendants have been intentionally chosen and suspended from the raft to reflect light back onto the ceiling and pick up the warmth of the copper.

General illumination levels within the main dining area are provided by a track and spotlight system, whilst decorative fittings have been chosen to create ambiance and permeability. In the mixed level seating area there is a variation of table lamps and pendants which add to the different layers of light within the scheme and help create a relaxed and atmospheric dining experience.

A feature wall showcasing a large floor-to-ceiling display cupboard full of branded ingredients, is cleverly up-lit by integrated LED strips in the joinery, highlighting the produce whilst creating a visually arresting scene for guests. A flexible lighting control system has been installed to give the team the option to change the scene depending on the time of day, and differing weather conditions.

Senior Lighting Designer Anna Sandgren says, “The lighting scheme developed for Scarpetta was about creating an intimate environment in the midst of busy Canary Wharf and providing its customers with the perfect escape. We achieved this by using layers of ambient, accent and feature lighting, together with a lighting control system allowing a variety of different lighting scenes that could be used throughout the day.”

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