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BIG APPLE STYLE
Perhaps one of the coolest -- they have a
number of prestigious James Beard awards
under their hip belts -- restaurant designers
around, we speak to the team at AvroKO
design studio about Big Apple style.
What characterises New York
design at the moment? Casual
and approachable has been the
name of the game recently. Lots
of natural and industrial materials
juxtaposed with found objec ts
help with the process of making
spaces more connected.
Why is it an exciting time for designers?
Budgets are slim, and it seems as though
all of our clients want their projects
completed in half the time. This requires
ingenuity, but it also inspires a lot of truly
What trend do you think will pass
quickly? We'll see less armbands and little
tight vests on mixologists, but we'll be left
with amazing drinks lists. Cheers to that!
What trends do you think will endure?
Small plate dining is here to stay. Just stay
away from monolithic communal tables!
We learned that lesson the hard way.
Having lots of di erent spaces to dine in
within a venue is also going to stick around.
Which elements of New York style
translate best internationally? The
stripped-down celebration of the
beauty of construction and the purity of
unadulterated materials seems to be a hit
internationally. Successful places in New
York often have a great story to them, as
well, and that storytelling can go a long way
internationally, especially in Asia.
ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK
Crosby Street Hotel may have opened just last year, but it feels like it's been on its
cobblestoned SoHo street forever. The feel is classically English, with a 'clubby' lounge and
drawing room (pictured below) yet is in keeping with its New York surrounds. Meanwhile, the
lobby is all artsy maximalism, full of wonders such as an arresting sculpture of a giant head
by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. Rooms from about A$540. Visit firmdale.com.
Recognising that many architects also have an inherent interest in furniture, married
couple James Coombes and Dominique Gonfard founded their company, Lerival,
in 2009 to showcase furniture designed by the kind of people usually associated
with creating buildings, rather than their contents. Architec tural firms Della Valle
Bernheimer, Incorporated, Moorhead & Moorhead, nARCHITECTS and Carl Fredrik
Svenstedt have all signed on to produce products. Visit lerival.com.
The main dining room at the Double
Crown, Manhattan. ABOVE The
AvroKO principals (from left) Greg
Bradshaw, Kristina O'Neal, Adam
Farmerie and William Harris.
The Hex table by design team Incorporated.
INSET Modular screen by Moorhead & Moorhead.
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