This 800 square-foot lounge and private dining area is located within the larger, thriving PRINT restaurant at the Kimpton Ink48 hotel in the Hell’s Kitchen district of Manhattan. The lounge and private dining area were previously part of the restaurant but were in need of a remodel that would render the space more functional for private events and offer much greater flexibility of use.
The design of Print restaurant provided an attractive starting point for the design of the ancillary lounge area while the separation from the restaurant provided for an opportunity to create a different world – a world that is unique from the restaurant but feels related. The interior design takes cues from the restaurant’s material palette including copper accents and rich walnut wood tones, but introduces a rich, luxurious royal blue. The intentionally restrained color palette creates a strong and sudden impact upon entry. A high level of luxury was achieved through the use of rich materials with natural depth and interesting textures. A definitively modern, crafted vibe carries over from the restaurant through a mixture of mid-century modern classics.
The walls and ceiling are made from blue suede panels, the ceiling has natural suede texture while the walls are subtly embossed to catch the eye and create visual interest. Rugs are a luxurious matching blue. The built-in tables and seating were all custom made with walnut wood and cognac colored leather, providing a warm contrast. A custom folding table top was designed to fit over the 2-top copper tables along the banquette to convert them into 4-tops for larger groups, yet conveniently folds away and can be stored inside the banquette base.
A custom steel and glass door and window system was inserted between the lounge and hotel lobby area, providing some necessary separation, while creating an attractive entrance into the restaurant.
Upon entry through the steel and glass door, one can enter directly into Lounge 2 and then into the adjoining Lounge 1 or walk further down the hall to the slightly separate Lounge 3 which functions as a private dining room. While Lounge 1 and 2 are typically connected and function as one greater space, they are easily separated by a curtain into two individual areas for smaller private events. The material palette is consistent between all 3 spaces and sets them apart as a world of their own.