New York, NY
The design of a cafe & bakery in a historic 19th century building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan combines modern materials with long hidden historical details. Existing hung ceilings, wall panels and flooring were removed exposing spectacular, long hidden original historic architectural elements including an intricate stamped tin metal ceiling and cast-iron columns & storefront framing. These elements were lightly restored leaving many of the existing blemishes which we believe give the surfaces a beautiful patina. The brick walls were also left exposed. Onto this palette are placed contemporary materials including white oak and blackened steel designed in a minimalist esthetic. The design results in a space that recalls the continuum of time between its origin and the present.
The building is in the Upper West/Central Park West Historic District with the project receiving approval from the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.