Having created stunning interiors for hotels and luxury restaurant designs, AD100 top interior designers Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer, founders of Roman and Williams, are no strangers to the myriad challenges surrounding hospitality design. This luxury restaurant in New York is a fine dining experience for every design lover with a luxury lifestyle. Veronika is the latest luxury restaurant project and it is inside Gramercy’s new Fotografiska, branch of the famed Swedish photography museum.
The generous scale of the luxury dining room and its arched windows and high ceilings immediately won over the interior designers, who worked in concert with the restaurateur Stephen Starr. According to him: “For example, the native stained-glass window we rescued and used as part of the wall in the bar area—we were required to use all of the massive stained-glass windows, and the Landmark Commission loved our idea of repurposing one into a wall.” This modern restaurant is an ode to luxury and unique design.
Drawing inspiration from the Art Nouveau movement and the grand cafés of Vienna and Budapest, this luxury restaurant showcases a range of Eastern European styles and ideas. In the contemporary bar, a bohemian forest landscape mural by New York-based painter Dean Barger, similar to the one at Le Coucou’s entry bar, contrasts with a honed Black St. Laurent marble-topped surface and a stained-glass window inlaid into the wall. According to Stephen Alesch, one of the creators of this modern interior design project: “Through the mural, design, and decor of the bar area, we heightened the tension between the two with earthy and cyan tones and composition reminiscent of the early and not frequently recognized work of Piet Mondrian.”
Rounding out the overall design are custom brass luxury chandeliers, pale oak floors, wood-trimmed arched doorways, and curvy mohair seating. According to Robin Standefer, one of the top interior designers of this creation: “The deliberate palette contributes to the otherworldly experience of the luxury restaurant with a combination of deep greens and cyans and dusty oranges and creamy vanilla.” Polished Rosa Perlino marble tabletops feature custom egg-shaped lights casting the perfect mood while one devours Eastern European staples like escargots, Wiener schnitzel, and lamb goulash with spaetzle. This luxury restaurant is the paradise of luxury interior design.