B & Co., NYC
Marcello Pozzi wanted to create an iconic venue that is elegant and contemporary but possessing the warmth, richness and glamour of classic European cafes and clubs. The sweet caramel tones are inviting and seductive coupled with sensual materials and accent colors that elicit the feeling of entering an exquisite box of truffles. The design of B & Co. is inspired by modern yacht aesthetic, Gio Ponti’ s lines, and the metaphor of a crystal with its faceted geometry and unexpected reflections. Interpreting Max Burgio’s vision, Pozzi found further allure in the exuberance of ‘50s Italian design with its rediscovery of colors, and he composed the venue with the fearless juxtaposition of rich materials such as marble, bleached walnut wood paneling, mother of pearl, bronze hardware and inlays, glossy mahogany tables, textured silk for accent surfaces and light fixtures. Entering the restaurant, the wood and mirror lattice work on the ceiling morphs into the wall shelving display and leads to the bar which is a sculptural form of Calacatta marble growing from the floor. The geometry of the irregular hexagons are inspired by the staircase railing of Gio’ Ponti’s Villa Planchard. The illuminated pop-up ceiling is like a cut through the space that jets into the more private rear dining area defined by a sophisticated and subtle artwork installation by Marco Glaviano that combines photography and reflections. The wood trims which flow through the spaces on every floor are reminiscent of yacht design with sleek finishes between them. The colorful silk light fixtures are used throughout the building (restaurant, club and privée) as surreal characters animating the spaces. Particularly in the club, folded mirrors wrapping walls and ceilings make them multiply and float like magical lanterns. The Privée is designed as the eccentric and intimate living room of an illustrious host. Multicolored palette of the fabrics is combined with the art murals and ribbons of mirror which spring from the sparkling alcove bar.