We are always looking for inspirational places and today we bring 4 Corporate Cafeteria winners designed by Studios Architecture.
Frank Gehry’s famed cafeteria for Condé Nast at 4 Times Square was the architect’s first project in the city, featuring the signature rippling curves of his buildings, rendered on a small scale. An invitation to dine there, among the editors of Vogue and the New Yorker, was a coveted opportunity.
The floor was replaced with white oak and reupholstered the winding banquettes, once dark brown, in beige. Blue and yellow, for wall paint and café tables, have given way to white. This new color palette brings an airiness that complements Gehry’s flowing forms in glass and titanium.
How about if we said that dining offerings have given a refresh? The chef Claus Meyer is offering a choice of six artisanal micro-restaurants instead of standard cafeteria stations. Through a portal at the far end of the main dining area, a lounge offers coffee during the day and transitions into the cocktail mode by night. The plant wall that curves behind the crescent-shaped bar gives the lounge its name, the Green.
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