The wine bar is located in mid-town Manhattan off an inner plaza adorned with public art. The wine bar brings the energy of the exterior inside. An entry vestibule covered in white-washed cork creates a welcoming entry. The interior space is an intimate “living room” of a well-known sommelier. The center of the room is defined by a large sofa and crafted glass balls of light. Wood screens surround the room providing some privacy and warmth. A bar and high tables surround the sofa area. The central bar is open on both ends so that patrons may sit alongside the sommelier and participate in the bar activities. This is reminiscent of the shared high kitchen counter in some homes. Bookcases surround the space with objects from the life of the host. Artists were engaged to create art with playful messages. A wine tasting room allows for a small private gathering.
Since its founding in 1957, Bentel & Bentel, Architects/Planners AIA has acquired a reputation for superior contemporary design. Our work is consistently bold, modern, creative and beautifully resolved. It spans a wide range of building types and scales, from urban environments to refined interiors and furnishings; and demonstrates our belief that great design manifests its virtues in both its practical and aesthetic qualities.