MEDI, NEW YORK, NY - The restaurant location fronted onto the upper deck of the Rockefeller Center skating rink and consisted of two floors and a mezzanine. The building is landmarked and the newly renovated space formerly housed the East River Bank. The European clients along with celebrated French chef Roger Verge already had restaurants in Europe and wanted to combine a southern French Provence and Tuscany theme without being too literal. They were offering “a cuisine of the sun”. The floor on level with the famous plaza became the main restaurant along with an exterior patio for more casual dining. The lower floor became the kitchen. The curved mezzanine was designed as a wine rack inspired by “airbrick” terracotta tiles used in Tuscany to allow air to circulate in the hay barns. The mechanical equipment was hidden in the space behind. Light anigre wood, French floor tiles and colors of sunflowers and lavender were selected. The 14’-0” ceiling height was clad in custom interwoven acoustic panels made of the colors of a Provencal table cloth. The island bar also followed the pattern of Tuscan airbrick.
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