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interview on our radar
Tal Schori and Rustam-Marc Mehta
Cofounders
GRT Architects
Tal Schori and Rustam-Marc Mehta have been collaborators since
they met in third grade. Now, the founding partners behind Brooklyn,
New York-based studio GRT Architects, which launched in 2014,
continue to apply a scholarly approach to their work through research,
discourse, and an appreciation for history. " There is an att itude or
sensibility that runs through our work, but half of any project is a
reaction to the site, client, program, historic context, " Mehta says. " We
don't believe in bringing one identifi able style to each. "
On early design ambitions
Schori managed a nonprofi t gallery and Mehta designed exhibitions
for the Brooklyn Museum before they pursued architecture fulltime.
" We knew we wanted to be in the design world, but neither of us
presumed architect was the only way to get there, " Schori says. " Our
instinct to work in the arts, publishing, and adjacent fi elds came from
a suspicion that there may be more than one way to build a career. "
Following graduate studies in architecture at Yale, the pair blazed
separate paths in the industry, with Schori joining Michael Maltzan
Architects and Deborah Berke Partners and Mehta cutt ing his teeth at
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. As the seeds of GRT ruminated, Schori
and Mehta made work-life balance a priority. " Neither of us would still
be architects had we worked at fi rms with unsustainable culture, " says
Mehta. " We seek to pay this philosophy forward. "
On their big break
In 2015, GRT gained att ention for its expansion of the Fashion Tower
lobby in Manhatt an's Garment District. " We found the architect's
original drawings for this beautiful Art Deco building and noted
much damage had come to it over the years as it lacked landmark
protection, " Mehta says. " We coupled a very technical, historical, literal
restoration of the building's exterior with a very contemporary, CNCfabricated
interior. " For its eff orts on the expansion, the young fi rm
received an AIA Award for Adaptive Reuse and Historic Preservation,
as well as an accolade from the Marble Institute.
The Fashion Tower lobby in New York is clad in pleated
Calacatta marble and bronze-tinted aluminum
The perimeter of Manhattan's Bourke Street Bakery is lined
with custom banquettes with a deep green leather back
Signature style
Across its diverse catalog, GRT demonstrates a singular approach to
both hospitality and residential projects. " Making time to research
and learn the history of a site has always resulted in unexpectedly
rich results, " Mehta says. Adds Schori: " We have no qualms about the
subjective and qualitative nature of design, and we enjoy the ambiguity
that comes from interpreting the facts into a coherent design. "
What's next
GRT has made a mark on the New York restaurant scene with
outdoor dining concepts for Don Angie and Quality Bistro.
However, the fi rm has not outgrown its prowess for adaptive
reuse and revitalization. " We're continuing to work in a historic
context with the restoration of two of the oldest landmarked
Greek revival townhouses in Brooklyn, which are being adapted
to meet Passivhaus energy standards, " Mehta says. The fi rm also
has several product collections on the boards. In addition to a
line of architectural hardware for Ize and custom residential and
commercial furniture, GRT plans to explore " some experimental
prototypes kicking around the shop, " Schori adds.
Photos by MICHAEL VAHRENWALD and courtesy of GRT ARCHITECTS

Hospitality Design - June/July 2021

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - June/July 2021

contents
from the editor
sketchbook
project breakdown: biodome
Interview: collaborations
interview: on our radar
interview: influential people
hd expo preview
from the show director
conference highlights
products
profile: emerging designers
hardware
casegoods
lighting
change agents
the new icons: william harris, kristina o'neal, adam farmerie, + greg bradshaw
the big thinkers: piero lissoni + steafano giussani
the curators: carrie + alex vik 
the investor: kendra plummer
the design advocate: michael k. chen
the storyteller: lukas rungger 
the hotelitarian: euan mcglashan
the inventors: v. mitch mcewen + amina blacksher
the disruptor: charlie macgregor 
the materialist: frida escobedo
the natural leader: bill walshe
the humanist: jeremy bull
the rebel designer: paula scher
the empathetic hotelier: phil hospod 
ad index
back space: markus schreyer
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - Intro
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - Cover1
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - Cover2
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Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - contents
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Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - from the editor
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Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - sketchbook
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Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - project breakdown: biodome
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Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - Interview: collaborations
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Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 32A
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 32B
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 32C
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 32D
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Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - interview: on our radar
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Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - interview: influential people
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Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 50
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - hd expo preview
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - from the show director
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 53
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - conference highlights
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 55
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 56
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 57
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Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - products
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 63
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 64
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - profile: emerging designers
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 66
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 67
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Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - hardware
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Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - casegoods
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Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - lighting
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Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - change agents
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - the new icons: william harris, kristina o'neal, adam farmerie, + greg bradshaw
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Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 92
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 93
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 94
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 95
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - the big thinkers: piero lissoni + steafano giussani
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 97
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - the curators: carrie + alex vik 
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 99
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 100
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - the investor: kendra plummer
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - the design advocate: michael k. chen
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 103
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 104
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 105
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - the storyteller: lukas rungger 
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 107
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 108
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 109
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - the hotelitarian: euan mcglashan
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 111
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - the inventors: v. mitch mcewen + amina blacksher
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 113
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - the disruptor: charlie macgregor 
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 115
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - the materialist: frida escobedo
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 117
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - the natural leader: bill walshe
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 119
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - the humanist: jeremy bull
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 121
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - the rebel designer: paula scher
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 123
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - the empathetic hotelier: phil hospod 
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 125
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - ad index
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - 127
Hospitality Design - June/July 2021 - back space: markus schreyer
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