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Manhattan Project(s): 5 New Spaces You Don't Want to Miss

Nov. 28, 2022
Beautiful new showrooms, a Euro chic restaurant and an innovative bank top the list of must-see projects in New York City.

There’s always something to see in the City That Never Sleeps, and with these recent openings, there’s a few more stops to add on your next visit to New York. From gorgeous new showrooms to a cozy Euro-inspired eatery by restaurateur and television personality Franco Noriega to a futuristic bank with a bird’s eye view of the city, the following five projects are making a big impression in Manhattan.

1. Baby Brasa | 173 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

Located in Manhattan’s West Village, this newly renovated 1,500 square foot, 80 seat restaurant is Baby Brasa’s star location. Founded in 2016 by restaurateur and television personality Franco Noriega, the design team at Wid Chapman Architects was given a brief described as “Euro chic mixed with a South American vibe,” resulting in a design heavily influenced by South American mid-century interiors. Accessed through an arched entrance, the black marble bar provides an elegant grounding point, complemented by neutral hues and the greens of tropical plants and velvet banquettes. Seating comprises midcentury wood/metal chairs, art deco olive and rust banquettes, and cane stools. Interior details include custom slatted walnut panel walls, a terrazzo floor, spare white lights with rattan light shades, and the fabric draped ceiling of the street-facing facade’s glass-roofed area.

2. Rottet Collection | 29 W 30th St, Sixth Floor, New York, NY 10001

Hall of Fame architect and interior designer Lauren Rottet has opened a new 3,900 square-foot showroom in Manhattan to showcase her Rottet Collection of furniture. The furnishings are arranged in welcoming vignettes, decorated with Rottet’s complementary accessories styled with plantings, organic forms and contemporary art. Light, reflection and visual engagement are key components in the showroom. The blurring of indoor and outdoor is also on view with an organically inspired collection of marble and basalt offerings, including angled tables, planters, a fire pit and fountain. Rottet’s custom line of hide on hair rugs for Kyle Bunting and her Fascio Collection of lighting for Visual Comfort & Co. are showcased as well.

3. Brown Jordan | 200 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

Luxury outdoor furniture brand Brown Jordan recently opened the doors to its new Manhattan flagship showroom in the New York Design Center. The 6,600-square-foot space encapsulates a new vision for the brand that celebrates its history while introducing the interior design and architecture communities to new colorways available through the showroom. Visitors will be able to experience and explore Brown Jordan’s wide range of cutting-edge designs, fabrics and finishes at the inspired new location. Designed by Barbara Reimelt of The Ninety Nine Group, the showroom is a fully immersive experience that infuses imagination, creativity and the unexpected. The dominant design influence for the flagship showroom is Brown Jordan’s 1948 Walter Lamb Bronze collection, specifically the curves of Lamb’s iconic S-shaped lounger. These graceful lines are echoed in rounded walls throughout and in dramatic, large-scale sculptural elements that divide the space.

4. DZ Bank | 1 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY 10017

Commercial real estate leasing activity in Manhattan is rising once again, and the latest to welcome workers back is DZ Bank’s stimulating and energetic One Vanderbilt office. TPG Architecture designed the clean and bright workplace to promote human health, safety and wellness for DZ Bank’s clients and employees. DZ Bank relocated from 100 Park Avenue to One Vanderbilt office to align its corporate culture and cooperative values with the super skyscraper’s eco-friendly and futuristic architecture. Located on the 49th floor, the New York headquarters is a timeless design in one of Manhattan’s hottest new commercial spaces with striking views of the Chrysler Building and Midtown from its timeless design. The large windows and 10-foot ceilings bring depth, dimension and daylight throughout the office.

5. Kvadrat | 475 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022

Kvadrat promises to take visitors on a sensuous journey of color, texture and curiosity in its New York flagship location housing two new showrooms. The 8,000-square-foot space combines two connected showrooms, each with their own entrance, that together showcase Kvadrat’s complete offering. The main space, focused on Kvadrat’s contract offering, is designed by Jonathan Olivares, while an adjacent library-inspired area by Vincent Van Duysen Architects offers visitors the opportunity to explore Kvadrat’s residential collections. The interior recalls a ship or vessel, while a square catwalk made from recyclable solid aluminum plate on the second floor outlines the space. |

About the Author

Robert Nieminen | Chief Content Director

Robert Nieminen is the Chief Content Director of Architectural Products, BUILDINGS and i+s, sister publications of Smart Buildings Technology. He is an award-winning writer with more than 20 years of experience reporting on the architecture and design industry.

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