What’s “Cookin” in Brooklyn?

July 12, 2011

It is no secret that we at Studio EM love our sustainable design projects. Colonie of Brooklyn, New York is a project that we recently came across that ticked all the boxes for us. The trendy eatery is owned and operated by Tamer Hamawi, Emelie Kihlstrom and Elise Rosenberg with the aim of striving “to support the New York food community by using as many local purveyors as possible, while providing the locals and neighbors with a comfortable, inviting spot to drink and dine”.

The design was completed by Mad Design’s Alex Meyers and involved the use of an interactive living wall of greens, copious amounts or old reclaimed wood that give this eatery a certain rustic charm that many new restaurants fail to achieve by using much more modern, expensive materials as finishes.

The freshness and natural feel of the restaurant is enhanced by the living wall of greens. The green wall is a mixture of different varieties of herbs that the chef uses whilst preparing the food. We can only imagine the assault on the senses that the reclaimed wood and the fresh herbs bring.  What impresses us most about this project is how the reclaimed wood in particular has added an archaic authenticity to this eatery, it is reminiscent of emporiums we have visited in 300 year old buildings in Italy. The designer had done a great job in designing a space that takes the customer off the busy hustle bustle smokey streets of Brooklyn and into a cosy, comfortable, natural and peaceful haven.