Client: Chef Daniel Boulud, The Dinex Group
Project: DBGB Kitchen and Bar NYC
Location: New York City, NY
Chef Daniel Boulud’s DBGB Kitchen and Bar is a celebration of restaurant and kitchen culture. The design emphasizes the kitchen supply houses and history of the Bowery where the restaurant is situated. Both the the all glass storefront and mirrored walls of the front bar room feature a collage of hand written menu items interspersed with quotes about food and drink giving the room a unique visual and spatial character which is simultaneously both old world and mid century pop. Taking its cue from historic kitchen supply stores of the Bowery, the dining room is enclosed by full height open storage shelving which acts as a screen onto the kitchen, walk-in cooler and cave, wrapping the room on two full sides. A functional part of the kitchen, the shelves showcase dry goods, flatware, china, glassware and wine – glorifying the ordinary. Semi-private booths are set back, offering intimacy and a look into the dining room through openings in the shelves. Vintage copper cookware generously provided by renowned chefs from around the globe, lines the top of the shelving around the entire room further tying into the kitchen supply reference. Turn of the century kitchen supply catalogs were used to create custom wallpapers and decorative touches. A 16 seat private dining room is located at the heart of the kitchen, accessible only by walking through the pastry work area. The result is a design of clarity and simplicity with the numerous cultural references and visual complexity of the enveloping partitions creating additional depth, character and visual interest.