New York, NY
A slender staircase leads up and into the center of Niko from Mercer Street in Soho. Overt symmetry dominates the spatial organization, while natural materials lend warmth and nuanced irregularity. A network of ropes intricately stitch across the ceiling and onto the walls, creating a graphic foreground to brick walls that surround the space. Banquettes wrap the perimeter room, extending toward dramatic double-height windows at one end of the dining room. On the opposite side of the space, an onyx and brass sushi bar sits opposite its cocktail bar double, separated by a herringbone travertine floor. Above the bars, two loom-like art pieces created by Jim Drain suspend brass, tinted wood, and glass pieces overhead like vibrant, primitive chandeliers.