Humbert & Poyet Unveil the New Beefbar New York

With a certain cinematographic drama, the interior design and décor for Beefbar restaurant in New York is a reflection that in this cosmopolitan city, everything is grandiose

On the corner of two streets in the trendy Tribeca district, the establishment is set in a building with Art Deco features, developed by Tribeca Hospitality Group. In the 6000+ square feet space, Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet demonstrate their sensibilities for volume and light, as well as their taste for eclectic combinations of colours, textiles, and materials. Founded in 2008, interior design and architecture agency Humbert & Poyet has become an international reference, for high end residential projects as well as in the hotel and restaurant sectors. Their ability to invent multifaceted spaces is due to the personalities and complementary nature of its two founders, who, with their inquisitive spirit and passion for design and fashion, have succeeded in creating an elegant style. 

Humbert & Poyet at Beefbar in New York (Photography: Francis Amiand)

Boasting grand ceilings and tall arched windows which are framed with garnet marble, the first room immediately commands an air of elegance. The lower walls are adorned with artistic textured cladding panels in a light pink, brown tone, featuring a delicate geometric pattern, punctuated by brass cabochons. A plaster bas-relief, decorated with stylised plant motifs, extends this design further. Parquet floors offer a refined rendition of the historic motif. The coffered ceiling recalls the industrial heritage of this borough of Manhattan, it's dark tone contrasting with the pale cornicing that has been painted with delicate floral details. The spirit of sophistication is brought to life by the Verde Alpi marble tables, the bench seats covered in coordinated velvet, the dining chairs upholstered in Pierre Frey fabrics, and the bronze and alabaster sconces. In the reflections of the antique mirrors, one can imagine the cosmopolitan world of the Café Society of the 1930s. Beautifully framed with fluted red and white marble, the grand kitchen and meat display cabinet open out onto the space, accentuating the sense of conviviality.

Surmounted by a canopy and reflective ceiling, the bar is equally spectacular. Its garnet marble cladding, punctuated with brass rails, is in a powerful dialogue with the terrazzo floor. Bathed in an amber glow, the interior designers have imagined a warm and sexy speakeasy. The materials are delicate, with leather stretched across the walls. The seats are upholstered in Rocher fabric, from Humbert & Poyet’s Villa Riviera collection for Nobilis. With its long counter and high stools, the place offers a unique experience for lunch or dinner. The adjoining private dining room meanwhile, extends the pleasure of discovering Beefbar New York: with deliberately low ceilings, it is an intimate, hushed setting with a floor covered in a vibrant carpet. Colourful Murano glass sconces, sourced in Milan, diffuse a delicate light over a sober, textured wallpaper. Time is suspended as one discovers the restaurant’s gastronomic offering, amid the effervescence of New York City.

Words: Sphere Editorial
Photos: Francis Amiand
Published on May 31, 2024