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In a city full of noise, sometimes the way to stand out is to be quiet. London-based firm Alexander Waterworth Interiors has done just that with their understated and rustic design for Nolita’s The Musket Room. With the combination of a six metre long walnut bar, lime washed brickwork and greenery that carries through from the careful floral arrangements to the herb garden outside, the feel is much more rustic farmhouse than Michelin-starred restaurant. However, there is still a beautiful attention to detail which can be seen in the scalloped tiles of the bar that tessellate with distressed floorboards and the classic colour pairing of teal upholstery with brass chandeliers. Casual, subtle yet elegant, the space is a welcome refuge from the urban.

Photos by Emily Andrews for The Musket Room.

 

Photos by Emily Andrews for The Musket Room.

 

Photos by Emily Andrews for The Musket Room.

 

New York design firm AvroKO has inverted the steakhouse formula to create an contemporary, urban space inspired by the butcher’s shop rather than the old-fashioned saloon. Lightbulbs hang from antique meat hooks and cleavers decorate the walls, creating a strong conceptual link between the meals and their origins. The colours are subdued, setting off the arrangements of bright green grass on each table, while textured finishes and oblique lighting adds depth and an underground edge to the space.

photos: AvroKO