Hand-painted murals and crown-like brass chandeliers function within the Veronika restaurant in New York, which native studio Roman and Williams designed to reference quite a lot of inventive kinds.
The 150-seat restaurant, named after the patron saint of pictures, sits contained in the New York Metropolis outpost of Swedish pictures museum Fotografiska, which opened final winter.
Veronika is situated on the second ground of the museum, which occupies the storied Church Missions Home, a Renaissance revival Gramercy landmark built-in 1894, that was overhauled by structure agency CetraRuddy.
The challenge was led by husband-and-wife pair Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer, whose portfolio consists of common downtown Manhattan eateries La Mercerie and Le Coucou, which had been additionally designed Roman and Williams.
Helmed by restaurateur Stephen Starr, Veronika serves a menu that options elevated variations of classical Jap European and French fare, an ode to the all-day cafes of Vienna, St Petersburg and Budapest.
An ethereal mural of a forest panorama by native painter Dean Barger seems upon entry into the bar space. A collection of contrasting components, together with an interaction of earthy and cyan tones, is meant to be harking back to the early, lesser-known works of Piet Mondrian.
“The idea communicates the traditionally tense relationship between portray and pictures and the way every formed one another considerably and continues to,” Alesch and Standefer advised Dezeen. “As types of expression, they’re inextricably linked.”
“The mural particularly focuses on when pictures was first launched in 1839 and research portray throughout the beginning of pictures, the compositions and frames of reference,” they added.
Roman and Williams installs cupboard of curiosities inside Soho furnishings store
A rescued stained glass window serves because the backdrop to seven tiers of apothecary bottle cabinets and a bar manufactured from honed black St Laurent marble. Decorative plaster across the window was additionally restored.
“The objects within the house heighten the strain between the 2 with a hybrid of female and masculine tones, kinds and textures,” mentioned the duo.
“We targeted on these geometries and kinds and the way they developed from the 19th- to the mid-20th-century and gave voltage to a journey of the surprising.”
Inside, visitors are greeted with the “residential meets palatial refinement” of a lofty enfilade subtly partitioned by flattened wood-trimmed archways. The suite of eating rooms is haloed by custom-made brass chandeliers with tiny factors of sunshine, designed by Roman and Williams to emulate jewels on an aristocratic crown.
Pale oak flooring, darkish mohair seating, polished Rosa Perlino marble tabletops, and egg-shaped lights full the scene. Blackened brass arched doorways impressed by Surrealist painter Giorgio de Chirico add a contact of eclectic modernism to the romantic atmosphere.
“The house is so romantic and we needed to play towards that by including some objects and structure from later within the 20th century,” Alesch and Standefer mentioned.
“One of many cornerstones of Veronika just isn’t with the ability to put your finger on any explicit time interval,” they added. “From the drama of the stained glass home windows to the fashionable touches we echo the distinction and innovation of the connection between pictures and portray.”
Roman and Williams was based by Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch in 2002.
The New York design studio just lately put in a cupboard of curiosities inside its flagship retailer on 53 Howard St in Soho, which incorporates its furnishings and homeware showroom, and La Mercerie Café.
Different just lately accomplished New York eating places embrace the Wayan restaurant designed by Rockwell Group and Chinese language restaurant The Tang designed by New Observe Studio.
Pictures is by Adrian Gaut.