STIX by A2 Interior Studio is the perfect example of how a clean/simple design is completely transformed by specific elements that are so eye-catching that nothing more is needed. The restaurant in Chelsea, NYC is located at the Indigo Hotel and it gets its atmosphere from the handmade rope lace installation by Mantzalin.
A2 Interiors Studio is the New York City based firm responsible for the design, they have worked on two STIX Restaurant locations. This post focuses on the design of the Indigo Hotel location. The design of the restaurant is very clean and has two main elements that are made to contrast with each other.
The first element is the lightbox that incorporates elements from the STIX Restaurant logo. The industrial feeling of the lightbox incorporates small pops of natural elements through the design with the incorporation of moss shapes. This lightbox is seen from the outside of the restaurant so when you come in you are expecting an atmosphere based around it.
The main design element for me is the rope laced screen that divides the bar area from the dining area, and the contrast it has between the clean design of the rest of the elements and also the industrial feeling of the logo lightbox.
The handmade screen was made by Mantzalin with hemp rope, it acts as a room divider without cutting off any of the spaces because of the open design. The fabrication process photos are inspiring because you can really feel the magnitude of the handmade work that was done.
Here are some additional photos of the finished space to get a clearer feeling of the space, and appreciate the impact that one or two high impact pieces can have on a well thought out design.
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