Client: Chef Daniel Boulud, The Dinex Group
Project: Boulud Sud
Location: New York City, NY
The design of Chef Daniel Boulud’s Boulud Sud celebrates the diversity of the art and architecture of the Mediterranean; melding clean lines with rich layers of cultural and historical reference. An elegant series of floating ceiling vaults (based on an archetype spanning from roman antiquity to Sert’s Fondation Maeght art museum in Provence) create a series of smaller more intimate spaces within the whole. Geometric forms take cues from the Cubist and Purist work of artists such as Fernand Leger and Pierre Jeanerette – who at one time called the Côte d’Azur home. Rough plaster walls in rich sunflower yellow balance against mottled yellow and gray speckled terrazzo floors. Warm pear wood paneling bookend the space with plush golden curtains framing the floor to ceiling windows which provide ample natural light. On the opposite wall, a long opening gives diners a framed view of the kitchen spectacle beyond. Custom designed lighting and works by contemporary artist Vic Muniz inspired by French impressionist painters lend rich, sensual color and emotion to the space.