Hospitality Design - March 2011 - 49
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For Thomas Keller-graduate Corey Lee’s ﬁrst solo restaurant in San Francisco, Benu, New York architect Richard Bloch created a simple, gentle space where the food (Western with an Asian inﬂuence) takes center stage. “Corey likes things to be minimal. When he means minimal, he means minimal,” Bloch says. From the street, all that can be seen is the workings of the kitchen. An inner courtyard with concrete and mahogany benches and various plantings leads to the almost black and white interior. Walls and furnishings are done in white and charcoal gray; a thick handmade silvery gray carpet contrasts the almost-black granite ﬂoor; and black tabletops have a white edge so, as Bloch says, “they seem like a piece of paper ﬂoating over the ﬂoor.” Color appropriately comes from framed prints hung throughout—Benu is housed in a former historic printing press. “If I was to open a restaurant, this is the restaurant I would like to open,” Bloch says.
New York supper club the Darby, featured in the Sketchbook story entitled “Trend Alert! Old Luxury” in the January/February issue, was designed by both Steve Lewis and Marc Dizon of Lewis & Dizon. Also in the issue, it was incorrectly stated that Roger Milliken passed away on December 10, 2010. The correct date was December 30, 2010. GH_HD_halfHor_Feb2011:GH_HD_halfHoriz 2/7/11 9:38 AM Page 1