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This week we’re back in the West Village for a second look at the construction phase of a new Italian eatery, Sotto 13. After posting to theSweeten, the managers at Sotto 13 chose to work with tS member Maneli Wilson Interiors to transform the previously uninviting and out-of-place restaurant interior into a warm, inviting, and neighborhood-appropriate place for casual drinking & dining. The designer, Maneli, has created a beautiful new image for the restaurant which draws on her passion for  Italian design & culture, as well as the residential context of the West Village. Here is a close-up look at the construction, materials & finishes as the new interior comes to life.

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When we arrived for this return visit, a lot of progress had been made in the upper dinning area; the custom-designed banquettes were almost completely built, new wide-plank flooring was installed, and the walls had been given a distressed paint treatment.

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In the lower dining space, additional support beams were installed to reinforce the skylight opening in order to carry the new, very heavy ‘Cloud’ chandelier by New York based lighting design studio, Apparatus.

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Down on the ground, the construction team was just starting to build the next set of custom banquettes.

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For the walls enclosing the restaurant’s dishwashing station, Maneli chose a unique, hand-printed wallpaper by British artist Deborah Bowness.

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For the bar area, the designer selected a cork wallpaper from the Nature Precieuse collection by Elitis. We love the organic texture of this paper which also sparkles with gold flecks. The use of wainscoting on the walls gives the space a distinctly residential feel and helps to create a comfortable, intimate setting; the wainscoting is painted in midnight oil by Benjamin Moore.

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More beautiful texture and layering here at the pizza kitchen –the upper portion of the walls are newly clad in a geometric, encaustic cement tile, Cubes from Villa Lagoon Tile.

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For the banquette seating throughout the restaurant, Maneli selected a combination of patterned and solid textiles; here, in the front bar area, seat backs are being covered with vineyard in pitch by maharam. The beautiful new herringbone flooring in ‘aged oak’ is actually made of vinyl tiles by Amtico. The vinyl surface looks just like real wood, but its durability makes it more suitable for a high-traffic restaurant setting.

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At this stage, it was time to start on the bar (–building it we mean… but the drinking will commence soon!). We’ll have the final ‘after’ images ready to show you later this week!

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