The Riddler

CHAMPAGNE & OYSTER BAR • NEW YORK CITY

We really wanted to pay homage to the classic Parisian bistro while also creating a space that felt elevated, fresh and exciting. We focused on grounding the design with historic architectural references like the curved wall, arched doorways and stately moulding details, while introducing modern feminine shapes and nuances. The back bar was inspired by original built-ins you might find in brownstones nestled around the neighborhood. And of course, setting the tone for the entire space, is the quintessential Riddler art piece: Jacqueline Bisset sipping champagne in her undies.

The whole space is a delicate jewel box of wow moments. The brass clad raw bar is a major focal point and the vibrant gold leaf ceiling reflects warmth and energy throughout the space. The dumbwaiter was a necessary eyesore for the function of the space. So and we had it clad in brass, surrounded it with custom walnut panels and topped it off with an exceptional vintage inspired curved tile detail. The luxe corner booth follows the curved architecture of the wall and is enveloped in a sexy grey velvet. During demo we were thrilled to discover that the original hardwood floors were in great shape. The refinished walnut planks add a sense of authenticity to the design. We sourced a vintage host stand and vintage brass and glass bar lights to add a quirky element of charm.

Photography by JORDAN WISE
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