We have a soft spot for Kiwis, so it’s no surprise we fell hard for The Musket Room, a restaurant in Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood inspired by the spirit and diverse cuisine of New Zealand. While Kiwi chef/owner Matt Lambert’s local and seasonal offerings, like slow-poached Ora salmon and corned wagyu tongue, reflect Asian influences and Old World traditions, the interior design by Alexander Waterworth Interiors has a more rustic and contemporary style.
Walking into The Musket Room, guests are greeted by a striking 20-foot walnut bar, which sits atop artful scalloped cement flooring. The designers used a combination of raw materials, like exposed lime-washed brick, and rich live-edge walnut timber to create the welcoming and casual atmosphere.
|Chicago Antique Thin Brick Veneer Tile, $10 Per Square Foot,
Vintage Brick Salvage
|Bergman Dining Table, $795, Organic Modernism||Reclaimed Weathered Wood White, $13 Per Square Foot, Stikwood|
As far as lighting goes, there are dapper three-armed chandeliers throughout, double-headed brass task lamps along the bar, and black and gold votives on each table, which bring both masculine polish and a sense of continuity to the space.
|Black Cord Pendant, $750,
|Ablaze Candleholder, $6, CB2||Chicago Two-Arm Table Lamp, $695, Rejuvenation|
Details like shapely midcentury modern chairs, gilded shelving, and classic glassware offer a bit more elegance, and deep indigo leather banquettes nod subtly to the blue seas surrounding the island nation. If a trip to Lower Manhattan isn’t on your itinerary, experience the aesthetic in your own home with this shoppable collection of furniture and accessories.
|Shanghai Chair, From $395,
|Arteriors Bookshelf, $4032,
|Tour Wine Glass, $13,
Crate & Barrel
Photographs: Emily Andrews