Vandal Restaurant Celebrates Street Art and Street Food

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Located in New York, Vandal Restaurant was completed in January 2016 by Rockwell Group.

Description by Rockwell Group: Located on Bowery, the TAO Group’s Vandal celebrates the art, architecture, and food of global street culture, as well as the history of the restaurant’s Lower East Side location.

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Rockwell Group organized the restaurant’s two levels into a series of intricately coordinated maze-like spaces that create a sense of discovery at every turn. Each room balances the interplay of lush and gritty moments found in urban street life.

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Hush, the renowned British street artist, curated Vandal’s art program, commissioning seven internationally-recognized artists to create site-specific installations inside and outside the restaurant.

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Guests enter Vandal through a dark, minimalist flower shop—a collaboration between Rockwell Group and boutique floral designer Ovando.

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San Francisco-based artist Apex tagged Vandal’s main entrance on Bowery, signaling the homage to street art that lies ahead.

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We designed an 11-foot-tall breakdancing bunny, finished in a shade of purple lacquer inspired by the discontinued (but much-coveted) Krylon spray paint color Icy Grape.

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Apex layered seductive cobalt blue walls with New York-inspired lyrics to draw guests down a staircase that leads to the cellar lounge and bar.

Architect: Rockwell Group
Project: Vandal restaurant / TAO Group
Location: New York, USA
Size: 12,000 square feet
Photographs: Albert Vecerka / Esto

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