Chelsea, Manhattan, NYC / 2,077 SF / 2023
Photographs by Erick Castro
Studio RB helped transform Anixi with rich architectural elements that will encompass timelessness and pay homage to old New York. The vegan eatery's design includes an 18th-century marble staircase, crystal chandeliers, brass, and copper fittings, as well as a collaboration with New York City-based artist Lia Ali for a hand-made artwork.
The entrance of the dining hall has intricately designed ornaments, including a Greek caryatid-like molding on the side of the main door lavished with gilded embellishments.
The front of the restaurant also features a bar lavished with bronzed-tint aluminum plate/cladding in a brick-like and herringbone pattern, highlighting the back bar together with its speed rack with an array of crystal chandeliers to amplify its fancy and classy atmosphere together with a vintage looking wine storage room painted with gold.
Beyond the ornate doors is the great dining hall. Curved banquettes in the middle of the floor lead towards the fireplace, centered on the back wall. The fireplace is framed by mirrored arches on both sides. The sense of symmetry is reinforced by the ceiling element above the banquettes. The solid velvet curtains on the side walls counter the busy marble walls and help balance the space.
The symmetrical design of the dining area, while showcasing a central seating area, consolidates the overall design of the interior with its green and gold motif while also allowing variety in seating accommodations for different groups of guests.
A staircase with bronze handrails and lit-up steps leads to a chic-looking hallway with intricately designed wallpapers that feature leaves and feather fine art leading up to a corridor with corners that feature wall sconces, and wall mirrors adding up to its classy vintage appeal.
The design of the hallway continues to the comfort rooms for a more homogenous design and feeling, with its feather design wallpaper and bronzed-tint aluminum plate/cladding up to the vanity counters to give a refined and elegant mood.