Launching a bar that makes an impression in crowded New York City is already a challenge. Rockwell Group had the added pressure of designing a space that would put an entirely new neighbourhood on the map. The firm’s strategy for Cedric’s at the Shed, the lobby lounge component of the Diller Scofidio + Renfro–designed arts centre that anchors mega-district Hudson Yards, was to welcome newcomers into a space that already felt like home. Approachability defines the low ceilinged, living room–like environment filled with classic Knoll furniture, custom sectionals and kilim rugs. Of course, given that Cedric’s is the latest endeavour of star restaurateur Danny Meyer, the space still needed to cultivate an appropriate sense of occasion. Credit for that goes to the handsome zinc bar: Fronted with charred wood and lit by a custom teak and aluminum fixture, it faces an open kitchen partially conceale behind a beautifully crafted wooden screen. After all, every home needs to maintain some sense of mystery.
Location New York City, U.S. Firm Rockwell Group, U.S. Team David Rockwell and Greg Keffer with Liam Innes, Frances Calosso and Matthew Winter Photo Emily Andrews