Interior Design Studio New Practice’s Comprehensive Multicultural Approach

Founding partner Nianlai Zhong explains how to subvert stereotypes through design

If you pay any attention to the never-ending list of New York City restaurant openings, you’ll see that only a small percent look beyond cuisine and take into account beautiful design, strong branding and distinguishable personality. Design studio New Practice, helmed by founding partner Nianlai Zhong, excels at the creation of an environment that complements a meal. Their list of projects reflects this, including East …

Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant

Piercing out of the water and onto the shoreline of Båly in Norway is Under, an underwater restaurant by Snøhetta. Essentially a concrete tube, the restaurant is constructed out of a 34-meter-long and 1/2-meter-thick slab of concrete—allowing for an organic appearance and ample protection from the surrounding water. Diners enter above sea-level and descend down a flight of stairs to the main dining room and …

David Rockwell + 2X4’s “The Diner” for Surface Magazine

A pop-up restaurant offering a comprehensive look at the iconography of American diners

Be it Edward Hopper or “Pulp Fiction,” generations of art and artists have delved into the concept of the American diner. From greasy spoons to menu font, everyone has an idea of what diners mean and can contain. Honoring this iconography, Rockwell Group and NYC-based design studio 2X4 have partnered to design a fully operational pop-up restaurant in Ventura Centrale at this year’s Milan Design …