The Elysian Bar, New Orleans – USA

Located within Hotel Peter and Paul in New Orleans’ Marigny neighborhood, The Elysian Bar is an experience driven restaurant, bar and café from the team at James-Beard-nominated, Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits.
Out of the doors from the bar lies the Rectory’s courtyard. Weather permitting, the courtyard can be a lively center of activity with with iron garden furniture reminiscent of a Provincial French terrace.
Upon entering The Elysian Bar, guests are greeted with a beautiful wooden center hall stair, to the right is the café, formerly a side chapel. The space is open daily from 7:00 am–1:00 pm for coffee beverages provided by local roaster Congregation Coffee. Guests will notice the blue and white delft tiles, and a hand-painted mural of lemon trees and a trompe l’oeil tented ceiling by local artist, Ann Marie Auricchio.
Just beyond the atrium is the “jewel box” bar with an All American wine list curated by Bacchanal. The bar room features immersive fretwork pattern lacquered millwork in tones of warm honey and amber—and the bar itself a piece of art—derived and abstracted from images of cypress tree roots in the Louisiana bayou. The wooden bar top is hand-painted in trompe l’oeil with treasures abound, again by Ann Marie Auricchio. Custom lighting by ASH NYC keeps the space glowing in warmth and speaks to the adjacent courtyard space.
The parlors are the common spaces of the Rectory. Both Parlors 1 and 2 feature two working Italiante fireplaces, antique seating sourced from all over Europe sitting atop a grounding expanse of rich saffron colored rugs. The windows are dressed in an orange vine patterned fabric from Claremont, in a unique tent-flap-style drapery inspired by John Dickinson.
The Church at Hotel Peter & Paul has been lovingly restored to show the life that it has lived, through various eras and paint schemes. Hints of ivory, pink and pale blue surround the original stained glass windows & amber light streams through the Church’s front façade.

Photo courtesy: The Elysian

The Elysian Bar
2317 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
Phone: +1 504-356-6769

Bar Marilou, New Orleans – USA

Bar Marilou is a spirited sanctuary for craft cocktails, natural wines and French-inflected fare, opened in partnership with Parisian group Quixotic Projects, the team behind acclaimed locales Candelaria, Le Mary Celeste and Hero.
Located in the Warehouse District in New Orleans at Maison de la Luz, Bar Marilou lives in the former library of City Hall Annex and is bedecked with books, eccentric curiosities, inventive, sophisticated cocktails and elevated French classics, all set in a distinguished yet relaxed environment. Inspired by romance, rebellion and spirited with easy elegance, everyone is welcome — long, leisurely nights encouraged.

Design: Studio Shamshiri

Bar Marilou
544 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Phone: +1 504-814-7711

Godo, Castellanza – Italy

Godo represents the authentic values deriving from its handcraft and passion for research.
It is located on a congested road in Castellanza, between Varese and Milan, and is characterized by a warm and welcoming design that puts customers immediately at ease, in order to offer a real enogastronomic experience, able to satisfy every kind of customer anytime, almost 24/7.
The huge spaces and the furniture pieces highlight the pastry and pizzeria products enough to make customers want to crave them.
The three counters have a strong impact, everyone with its own appearance and feature (mixology, cafeteria, pastry shop), and welcome guests into the main room, where there are different kind of seats: high social table, low tables with chairs, small couches…
Walls are characterized by boiserie with led lighting and huge and versatile unpholstered sofas.
The black ceiling hosts the lighting system and a green vertical installation. Six 200 cm high wall mirrors create a reflection play.
The pizzeria open area, realized with its raw iron plate front and chestnut wood logs, precedes the private room, the most elegant one, characterized by blue and cement color.
An iron and glass bottle rack separate the tasting room, where customers can sit down on a big social table made of solid oak.

Photo credits: Simone Santacroce (Makuda)
Design and Interiors: AFA Arredamenti

Viale Giuseppe Borri, 26, 21053 Castellanza, Varese, Italy
Phone: 379 298 6860

The Painters Room at Claridges, London – England

The Painter’s Room was until recently an underused storage space located between the hotel’s check-in area and the ballroom.
A relatively small space with an uplifting palette of soft tones. The fluted pink marble bar takes centre stage, flanked by green onyx panels on the walls.
Artist Annie Morris has completed the space with a mural that references the hotel’s heritage but brings it directly into the 21st century. Annie Morris also created the striking stained glass window in front of the bar in pink onyx.
All the lighting, furniture and architectural details were designed by the design studio.

Photo credits: Bryan O’Sullivan Studio
Design: Bryan O’Sullivan Studio

The Painter’s Room
Claridge’s, Brook St, London W1K 4HR, England
Phone: +44 20 7107 8835

Palace Garden, at Grand Lisboa Palace – Macau

A contemporary tribute to the resplendent Chinoiserie period of China’s trade history, Palace Garden provides opulent destination dining in an evocative setting that celebrates the splendour of an imperial garden. As you enter the main dining room of the resort’s flagship restaurant, you are greeted by entrancing touches such as traditional Suzhou embroidery showcased in a bespoke, 35-metre-long mural of chrysanthemums and an installation of custom-made, double-sided embroidery fans. This extraordinary expression of colours, culture and craftsmanship is further manifested in five individually themed private dining rooms and the Li Bai Bar, the restaurant’s signature bar, where you can enjoy an immersive art experience by artist Yang Yong Liang that blends spectacular night views of Macau and Hong Kong with a modern cityscape ink painting displayed in large digital walls.
Amid this exquisite and regal ambience, you can savour exceptional, authentic Cantonese cuisine, prepared by a Michelin-starred chef using the finest ingredients and masterful culinary techniques.

Photo courtesy: Grand Lisboa Palace
Design: Alan Chan

Palace Garden
R. do Tiro, Macau
Phone: +853 8881 8888

The Gallery, at Sketch, London – England

Recently, well-known British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare CBE RA and celebrated French architect, India Mahdavi, refreshed the iconic London restaurant—the Gallery at Sketch, with a new installation of artworks and interior design. Earlier this month, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Sketch, the Gallery restaurant was transformed into a sunshine-yellow setting designed by Mahdavi, exhibiting Shonibare’s colourful site-specific artworks. Shonibare and Mahdavi were invited by Sketch’s founder, Mourad Mazouz, to transform the Gallery as the restaurant bids farewell to its well-loved pink interiors, also conceptualised by Mahdavi in 2014 that features works by designer David Shrigley.
Titled ‘Modern Magic’, Shonibare has crafted 13 new site-specific artworks in his signature style, showcasing the theme of African culture. The installation includes four hand-painted masks carved from wood and nine framed quilts that replicate African masks found in Pablo Picasso’s collection. To complement the striking artworks, Mahdavi has crafted a regal space with copper walls and solar yellow fabrics. Shonibare’s new artworks featuring his trademark Dutch wax batik pattern can be viewed by guests seated within the glistening restaurant.
Sketch is an award-winning destination for experimentation in food, art, and music in Mayfair, London. It was inaugurated in 2002 by restaurateur, Mourad Mazouz, and three-Michelin-starred chef, Pierre Gagnaire. Located within a Grade II listed building that was once the headquarters of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Sketch consists of the three Michelin Starred Lecture Room and Library, the Parlour, a trendy all-day cafe and bar at night, and the Gallery, a chic gastro brasserie. Sketch also encompasses the Glade, serving a lunch garden menu and cocktails at night, and the East Bar, a small intimate bar.

Photo credits: Edmund Dabney
Design: India Mahdavi
Artist: Yinka Shonibare CBE RA

The Gallery
9 Conduit St, London W1S 2XG, England
Phone: +44 20 7659 4500

Mama Rabbit, Las Vegas – USA

Mama Rabbit is an ode to mezcals and tequilas from across Mexico. Mama Rabbit takes its name from Mayahuel, the goddess of agave and fertility. Mayahuel was the mother of 400 rabbits that she nourished with mezcal and tequila, and thus Mama Rabbit was born. The brightly decorated 4,400 square foot space features a large double-sided bar, multiple rooms, live entertainment on select nights and Las Vegas’ largest agave-based spirits selection, Serving a menu of tequilas, mezcals and signature craft cocktails. Mama Rabbit invites you to wander into the world of Oaxaca.
Guests are immediately confronted by an array of visually rich textures, colours, and patterns that are synonymous with Mexican modernism. For example, vibrant painted walls are inspired by the famed architecture of Luis Barragán, and the array of colorful, geometric patterns and a bold art program pays homage to the region’s spirited art scene.
The space is divided into two main rooms, separated by a double-sided bar, that’s backed by a forty-foot high open display that showcases Mama Rabbit’s vast collection of artisanal mezcal and tequila bottles. To the left, above a textured brick wall, a grid of 400 barro negro rabbit figurines, custom made by local Oaxacan ceramicists, conveys a contrast and repetition that prompts almost hallucinogenic feelings. Welcoming guests, a floor-to-ceiling mural and series of three sculptures by Spanish artist Okuda.
On the opposite side of the bottle wall, Mama Rabbit’s main lounge or “taverna” is programmed to have gaming, lounging, live music and DJ’s, and heightens the romantic and flirtatious atmosphere with elongated layerings of materials and colours that both define the lounge and its various zones ranging from intimate enclaves to exposed seating arrangements that create an inner courtyard.

Photo credits: Louiie Victa, Jaime Biondo
Design: DesignAgency

Mama Rabbit
3770 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Phone: +1 702-730-6773

Le Meurice, Paris – France

Le Meurice is an inspirational and fascinating place where 18th-century splendour and the most innovative modern comforts sit happily side by side. So much more than a luxury hotel, this is a gallery, an adventure, a living work of art.
Like the city itself, Le Meurice has been shaped by the artists who have called it home. From Dalí and Zola to Warhol and Dylan, the hotel has provided repose and inspiration for the many iconic characters who have added fresh layers of richness to our history with every passing year.
Restaurant Le Dalí is a unique place with a singular and elegant spirit, as well as a cosy and welcoming hideaway. Inspired by Dalí and designed by Philippe Starck, Restaurant Le Dalí is a lively celebration of local, seasonal French cuisine.

Photo credits: Le Meurice
Design: Philippe Stark

Le Meurice
228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 44 58 10 10

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