This new Mediterranean Restaurant is located in the Daily News Building, a National Historic Landmark, in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. The Owner sought to remodel an existing, failed restaurant into one that reflects the grand character of the building and its new professional tenant community of advertising agencies, attorneys, and architects.
A curving membrane wall separates the service/kitchen areas of the restaurant from the Dining Rooms and Bar. Rich materials such as copper leaf, African slate, natural steel, and maple accentuate the areas around this sensuous surface. In contrast, the more quiet dining rooms employ a neutral palette. Punched wall niches enhance the surface texture of the interior and provide intriguing nooks for candles and objects.
Interior finishes and fabrics seek to complement the natural materials of the architecture while warm, low-voltage lighting highlights the Tuscan color of the interior elements. In collaboration with the Owner and the Chef, we designed Cibo as an architectural complement to the rich yet uncomplicated flavors of the food.