In Raymond Hood’s soaring architecture and artworks by Lee Lawrie, Rockefeller Center embodies the energy and optimism of New York. To create the new restaurant Le Rock, Workstead has reinterpreted the welcoming, refuge-like atmosphere of the French brasserie for this iconic setting. Comprising 4,000 square feet in the southwest corner of Rockefeller Center’s International Building, the project abstracts the Art Nouveau vocabulary of traditional brasseries to suit the angular, Art Deco context. Forms are executed in burled mahogany, verdigris, patinated brass, and lacquer, all of which draw from the color palette of The Story of Mankind—the carved limestone screen by Lawrie installed just above the restaurant’s exterior entrance. A non-hierarchical room layout, compelling sightlines, and honest depictions of restaurant operations capture the leveling effect of Rockefeller Center and La Belle Epoque–era brasseries alike, shepherding their democratic spirit into the present moment.
New York, NY
- Interior Design