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I was attracted by the need to maintain a strong link in the new design with the history, ambience and sensuality of the original Club 82, while at the same time not producing a copy but a new space. My task was to honour the memory while creating a new, contemporary restaurant. It was also important to create visual and physical links between the restaurant and the downstairs cabaret space that respected their separate spheres but let them add to each other’s individual atmosphere.

My starting point was to reject the current fashion in New York restaurant design for minimal decoration and bare finishes only relieved by the odd mirror or bad art. I prefer an unashamed sensuality in restaurant design, using colour, light and dark spaces, fabrics and rich textures. A restaurant must have good food and wines, but it must provide the ambience to enjoy these. Remember that a restaurant is about meeting people – maybe a date, maybe friends, maybe family. So the space must provide pools of privacy as well as a bar for seeing and being seen. I aim to create a total human experience not a factory for eating.

A restaurant needs a sense of drama and place, not anonymity. You need to be excited the moment you step into a bar-restaurant. One of my absolutely favourite New York restaurants was the now sadly defunct Palio, on West 51st. The bar was dominated by a huge, ceiling-high mural painted on all four walls, in deep reds and scarlets, depicting the annual Piazza del Campo horse race in Sienna. The mural was painted by the Italian artist Sandro Chia in 1985. It is an explosion of colour. The effect is deeply emotional – the very opposite of the current fad that clients should not be distracted from their meal. If you want to see what Chia’s mural looked like, it is a location in Paul Schrader’s indy movie, Light Sleeper.

“Annabel Karim Kassar Revives an Erstwhile New York Institution: The restaurant is designed with dramatic flair by Annabel Karim Kassar, with tiled walls allowing the various zones—a French salle à manger playing the part of a main dining room; a shadowy bar; private booths and “whispering bar”—to play peek-a-boo with guests.”

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“A Storied Drag Revue Gets a New Home in the East Village – Ella Funt is a Maximalist Revival of Queer History. Architect and designer Annabel Karim Kassar unveiled the East Village restaurant to usher in the newest chapter for Club 82, a drag revue with Hollywood connections and a storied past.”

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Ella Funt, designed by Annabel Karim Kassar of AKK Architects, photographed by Seth Caplan 13

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Le Diamant Jalila

[Material]

Acrylic

[Dimensions]

d. 1000mm  th. 310mm

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La Diamant Jalila is a cristalline structure with 400 cut faces designed to trap light and redistribute it through a myriad of reflections, adding textured illumination to a space.

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Viseur

[Material]

Aluminium iridescent colors

[Dimensions]

L. 300mm w. 50mm h.150mm

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Viseur is an iridescent reflective surface.

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Marrakesh

[Material]

Acrylic

[Type]

Seat, Bench

[Dimensions]

L. 49cm  w. 45cm  h. 45cm

L. 98cm  w. 45cm  h. 45cm

L. 147cm  w. 45cm  h. 45cm

L. 196cm  w. 45cm  h. 45cm

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Bench, available in one seater, two seater, three seater and four seater
Acrylic color: transparent, opaque, fluorescent

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Diamond Table

[Material]

Wood with polycarbonate

[Type]

Side table, Dining table

[Dimensions]

d. 50cm  h. 60cm

d. 40cm  h. 85cm

d. 80cm  h. 40cm

d. 110cm  h. 72cm

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A contemporary twist on the traditional middle Eastern coffee tables, the wood base is finished with polycarbonate mirror cladding.

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Floating Market Table

[Material]

Wood and Metal

[Type]

Dining table

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Dining table formed of three parts, lacquered wood top on painted metal base.

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Full Stop Table

[Material]

Wood and Metal

[Type]

Side table

[Dimensions]

d. 35cm  h. 55cm

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Side table with lacquered wood top and metal base.

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Moucharabieh Table

[Material]

Wood and Metal

[Type]

Table

[Dimensions]

d. 70cm  h. 72cm

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Circular table, laser cut top and metal base.

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Not a Harem

[Material]

Wood and Metal

[Type]

Side table

[Dimensions]

L. 45cm  w. 45cm  h. 40cm

L. 35cm  w. 35cm  h. 33cm

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Not a Harem small side tables with a black metallic base covered by a top with an Oriental motif influenced by Moorish and crusade patterned tiles imprinted on canvas. The side tables are decorated with burnished studs.

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Tennis Table

[Material]

Polycarbonate

[Type]

Coffee table

[Dimensions]

L. 80cm  w. 40cm  h. 42cm

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Coffee table, polycarbonate body, fluorescent tennis ball supports
Color: Black, white or transparent

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Trophee

[Material]

Resin

[Dimensions]

L. 820mm  w. 670mm  h. 960mm

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Limited edition wall mounted lighting fixture. Hand-moulded polyester clear resin.

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Desk Draw

[Material]

Polycarbonate

[Type]

Desk

[Dimensions]

L. 120cm  w. 60cm  h. 74cm

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Clear polycarbonate desk on trestles with clear or grey fume polycarbonate top and drawers.

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Splashing Drop

[Material]

Steel, Epoxy powder coated

[Dimensions]

L. 135mm  w. 86mm  h. 111mm

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Table, pendant or wall mounted lighting fixture with perforated metal casing
Color: Steel, black, white, pearl gold or super gold

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Kbox Light

[Material]

Acrylic

[Dimensions]

L. 500mm  w. 500mm  h. 300mm

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Acrylic box suspension
Acrylic finish: plain acrylic diffuser, acrylic diffuser with adhesive vinyl patterns or laser cut acrylic diffuser

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Fractale

[Material]

Silver acrylic, Inox

[Dimensions]

Variable

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Fractale is an articulated reflector surface with variable dimensions depending on design and installation.

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Cristal

[Material]

Pmma cristal, Aluminum anodized

[Dimensions]

L. 100mm 1. 90mm h. 200mm

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Cristal is a prismatic crystal volume that traps the light reflection and intensifies it. The combination of diverse dimensions in the shaping of the volume produces a mysterious distortion in the appearance of the object.

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Deflex

[Material]

Acrylic

[Dimensions]

L. 990mm w.384mm h.84mm

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Deflex is a translucent suspension made of a frosted acrylic shade and equipped with 2 fluorescent T5 circle fluorescent bulbs supply by 2 electronic ballast. Deflex exist in 2 versions: dimmable and not dimmable.

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Fly

[Material]

Steel, Epoxy powder coated

[Dimensions]

L. 1486mm w. 403mm h. 34mm

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Fly is a flat fluorescent suspension equipped with a diffracting optical light film or with a spreading film.

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Laura

[Material]

Acrylic dichroic mirror, Bracket steel nickeled

[Dimensions]

L. 1200mm w. 353mm h.1200mm

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Laura is is an articulated dichroïc reflector.

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O.V.N.I.

[Material]

Acrylic diffuser

[Dimensions]

L. 600mm w. 600mm h.306mm

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O.V.N.I. from the sky, for the home.

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Mezzer Tray

[Material]

Acrylic

[Type]

Tray

[Dimensions]

L. 37cm  w. 22cm

L. 45cm  w. 40cm

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Engraved acrylic tray
Color: fluorescent, opaque or transparent 

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Stocking Light

[Material]

Acrylic

[Dimensions]

L. 350mm  w. 350mm  h. 400mm

L. 350mm  w. 350mm  h. 825mm

L. 350mm  w. 350mm  h. 1240mm

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Suspension or free standing
Cover: Knitted, crochet or printed fabric
Three sizes: one sphere, two spheres, three spheres