Opening on May 21st, 2019, Joël Robuchon’s protégé Alain Verzeroli launched Le Jardinier at 610 Lexington Avenue (53rd Street) with a light, seasonal tasting menu that’s less about French fuss and more about simple, good clean food. Adding to the complexity of the ceiling were lights placed on the intersection of the panel joints - masterfully executed by Sky Acoustics.
Ted Moudis Associates designed the offices for financial research and data company Euromoney Institutional Investor, located in New York City, New York. Design Strategies provided all of the non-gypsum ceilings on the project, from custom gray AURA panels in the corridors to white ACT in the offices and stretched Newmat in the conference rooms.
The city that never sleeps is a fitting location for the headquarters of IPsoft, a developer of automated network services and intelligence systems that operates on a 24/7 business model. Throughout the Lower Manhattan office, cutting edge A/V technologies and multimedia reflect the idea of innovation through design.
Sky Acoustics provided a custom radius acoustical ceiling panel system, with 1/8” reveals, concealed torsion-spring suspension and NRC of 0.90. The degree of complexity led to all other ceiling manufacturers drop out of the running, while Sky Acoustics was able to execute on time and within budget.
One of New York City’s oldest and largest hotels, located in the heart of Manhattan’s Theater District, the 1,331-room Milford Plaza underwent a complete transformation and rebranding under the leading concept of “graphic New York.” The two-year project has transformed all guest rooms and redeveloped the public areas, including the retail spaces, lobby, lounge and rooftop bar, fitness center and retail areas.
Reimagining the connection between hotel and city, Gabellini Sheppard Associates transformed the entrance and public spaces of Row NYC, the former Milford Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Commissioned by Highgate Hotels, the 13,000-square-foot project includes a new exterior entrance and marquee, a new lobby with curving wood ceiling canopy, a grand staircase, and a casual bar/lounge.
Materials and finishes—including honed concrete floors, floating concrete staircase treads lit from below, and columns clad in weathering steel with a natural rust patina—nod to the area’s grittier past and exude a youthful urbanity. A custom-designed ceiling canopy of wood slats hovers over the entire space, curving upward toward the entrance in a gesture of urban embrace.The bar and lounge, District M, provides a casual place for guests to regroup before their forays into the city, or to unwind after a day’s adventure. Raised platform-seating overlooks the activity below and the curated projections of iconic paparazzi photos by Ron Galella that evoke the spark of New York in the 1970s. A digital art installation by famed video artist Yorgo Alexospoulous further captures the urban pulse in the lobby.
Designed by David Adjaye’s firm the Spyscape museum occupies a renovated 60,00 square-foot building on W. 55th Street in Midtown, Manhattan. Weathering steel drums are installed to house the surveillance, hacking, deception and intelligence operation themed exhibition. The black Fellert acoustical plaster was an important component to set the secretive and intriguing tone for the space. A mix of smoked glass, grey acoustic paneling, mirror-polished steel and dim lighting were also chosen for surrounding spaces to create a dark and mysterious atmosphere.
In Continental Grains’ new New York City headquarters the company focused on developing a more open and modern style. With open plan workspaces, collaborative zones, and glass fronted private offices, which provide flexibility as needs change, Ted Moudis Associates created a design aesthetic that took visual cues from classic modern design. The addition of Sky Acoustics acoustical tiles help to keep the noise of the hustle and bustle of their office from disturbing the buzzing work environment.
MetLife sought to reposition this basement cafeteria as an amenity space that felt open and expansive despite having no natural light. The ceiling height was just 8’6”, so a mirrored metal ceiling was used to make the space appear larger than it actually is. Design Strategies and Accent Ceilings provided a stainless steel mirror panel system that intentionally distorts the imaging while providing butt-jointed metal panels that are fully 100% accessible. Newmat provided stretched membrane light boxes that give the space a soft, diffuse ambiance.
Spread over two floors and occupying over 19,000 sq ft, the reopened Four Seasons restaurant combines classic and contemporary touches that pay subtle homage to the legendary original. Fellert Seamless Acoustical Plaster created a custom ceiling that achieves an 0.85 NRC with a seamless look. The site-built system had a custom color and custom texture, allowing the architect to realize his design intent without sacrificing acoustics, a critical consideration for fine dining establishments.
With its curved rooflines, JetBlue Airways' first terminal responds to its unique location near Eero Saarinen's historic TWA terminal. From a functional standpoint, Gensler and Design Strategies designed Terminal 5 to complement JetBlue's business model. The 640,000-gross-square-foot, 26-gate terminal provides exceptional customer service, with a tailored plan for circulation and seating in the concourse. The ticketing lobby and holdrooms are sized as transitory spaces, while concessions areas are larger as JetBlue customers tend to buy food and drink before boarding. Wider space between gates allows JetBlue's Airbus 320s to easily turn around, minimizing delays.
A lobby is a transitional environment between the city and the office, a brief reprieve from the bustle of the street and the work that lies ahead. The design straddles the line between corporate restraint and contemporary culture to create a playful, bold identity for 605 Third Avenue in Manhattan.
Newmat and Design Strategies created the beautiful light-boxes located throughout the main lobby and elevator halls. The fusion of light with the magnificent brass paneling achieved an aesthetic of elegance and beauty that Rockwell Group sought to create.
Biotronik, a global leader in cardio and endovascular medical technology, last year opened a state-of-the-art training facility and innovation center in New York City.
Sleek glass office fronts and polished concrete made the acoustical performance of the Sky Acoustic ceiling system critical to this office and training space. Luminous ceilings, saw-tooth acoustical elements, and smooth custom-colored acoustical ceilings complimented this high-tech space.
On May 11th 2016 the iconic Empire State Building 80th floor gift shop opened it's doors with a fresh look. Upon entering the 4,200 sq. ft. space, visitors are greeted by a showcase window bearing the building logo and intricate etchings of original design features that celebrate the Machine Age. Design Strategies and Intex Forms teamed up to install the seamless curved light coves visible throughout the space.
Barneys New York, one of the city’s most iconic clothing retailers, just opened a new flagship location in a familiar spot. It is located in the Chelsea neighborhood on 7th Avenue between 16th and 17th street, marking the return of the luxury retail store to the same block on which the company was founded in 1923.
Design Strategies and Intex formed the ceiling light coves, now installed in all Barneys store redesigns in North America. Molded out of GFRG, each light cove is unique and offers aesthetically pleasing light refraction that creates a calm and tranquil environment with a subtle inordinate luxury.
Located at the heart of Midtown Manhattan, Steinway & Sons has opened its new flagship: Steinway Hall. A state-of-the-art retail and performance space, the showroom has already become a cultural destination where artists and ideas meet, where collaborations are born between musicians and instruments that make our world a more beautiful place. An artistic centerpiece of the new Steinway Hall is an installation by American artist Spencer Finch. Titled Newton’s Theory of Color and Music (The Goldberg Variations), the work is an interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” that explores the intersection of music, color, and emotion through light.
The design of this newly renovated museum, which is located on the former site of two World's Fairs, required a 105,000 square foot interior with room for an expanded permanent collection of art and culture, spacious temporary galleries, and expanded educational and public events spaces. To provide the perfect lighting and acoustical treatment for this huge space, Grimshaw chose Design Strategies to install approximately 27,000 square feet of ceilings using ACM15/white matte micro-perforated membranes with custom ghost perimeter rails curved where necessary and 1"- 6lb. density acoustical insulation backing. Also installed were 110 custom fabricated ceiling panels/baffles with concealed perimeter angle (approximately 3,000 square feet total) using ACM15/white matte micro-perforated membranes to create the perfect balance between light blocking and light reflecting in the skylight areas. The overall effect is that of an enormous, light-filled atrium with the look and feel of a beautiful and exciting community commons.