MAD in New York unveils ‘Robert’ restaurant

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in Manhattan, New York, has unveiled an eatery named ‘Robert’ designed by London-based American architect Philip Michael Wolfson and San Francisco-based architect Johanna Grawunder.

The new restaurant atop the MAD is named after the late event designer Robert Isabell. Wolfson and Grawunder have conceived the design along with project architect Schefer Design.

The restaurant features furniture which is designed as sculptural pieces including two reception desks, a 15 feet-long steel communal table with a six-feet-tall ‘sound wave,’ cocktail tables, and bar stools. The stools are made of powder-coated aluminum, and display a mirror polished finish to match with the glass cocktail tables that reflect the lounge area's movement and color.

Grawunder has created the architectural canopy of polished and colored acrylic and metal light rectangles under which the Kagan pieces rest. Each of the panels has been specially produced by Flos in Italy, sporting mirrored edges that amplify the colored light. The space also features mobile-like LED-lit Lucite chandelier and sconces by Grawunder and a new video art piece, ‘Orbit 2’, by Jennifer Steinkamp.

The MAD is a center for the collection, preservation, study, and display of contemporary hand-made objects in a variety of media, including: clay, glass, metal, fiber, and wood.

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