Designed by New York-based design firm AvroKO, who has worked on projects in 22 countries, Seneca was inspired by the nautical mess halls and communal dining in tight, swaying quarters, which fostered a sense of community among explorers, sailors, pirates, officers, and anyone aboard a ship for long periods of time.
Blending high-craft detailing with utilitarian nautical functionality, design features include metal-paneled walls with exposed rivets and patina’d finishes which speak to years of hard work and abuse of steel sailing vessels like ferries, tugboats, and air-craft carriers, high-gloss wood floors with contrast striping borrow as a nod to luxury yachts, and banquettes and seating that have streamlined stitching patterns and elongated curves to reference a 40’s pin-up-era vibe found on military ships of the time. Custom lighting designed by AvroKO features textured holophane glass shades that refract light similar to ship lighting and lighthouse lense, while open niches display exotic herbs, dried fruits, and rare spices found specifically in the Americas and which are featured in the menu. The open kitchen and it’s proximity to the dining room is intentional, as ocean vessels waste no space and there is often little distance or separation on a ship bringing diners and chefs together around an open flame to share in the ritual of cooking.
901 Bayfront Court, Level 19
CH Projects + AvroKO