After our excursion through Soho (last Saturday), we parked ourselves at Plein Sud, the French brassiere inside the boutique hotel, Smyth, in Tribeca. The interior design by award-winning design firm, AvroKO, is rustic and eclectic. Three elements stood out to me.
I couldn’t figure out where the screens (above the bar) had originated from, but the way they are hanging in line, one after the other (like upside-down dominoes), is so eye-catching! The team at AvroKO informed me that those “screens” (as I called them) were custom designed; made from a water jet cut steel that was brass plated, with brass chicken wire (not salvaged, as I had originally thought). “The idea was inspired by soil sifting panels, which fell in line with the concept of a Gentleman’s Gardener. We created a more industrial and textural pattern with the intention of picking up the brass wire with the surrounding lighting,” they explained.
Although “French provincial” is the inspiration for the design, the glass-blown pendant lights are custom made locally in Brooklyn.
Finally, the third element that won me over, is the weathered wood paneling on the ceilings and walls!
We didn’t eat there, and I regretted it afterwards when I discovered that Ed Cotton (Top Chef DC finalist) is the executive chef. But even without food, the overall atmosphere -with the rustic, industrial, weathered wood decor, softened by natural fabrics – absolutely rocked!