Best of Year 2009 Winner: Stephanie Goto
Best of Year -- Interior Design, 12/1/2009 12:00:00 AM
Best of Year Winner, Fine Dining: Stephanie Goto: Corton, New York, NY
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French delicacies such as tête de cochon and clafoutis are all the more exquisite when prepared by chef Paul Liebrandt and tasted at Corton, Stephanie Goto's restaurant named for a wine commune in Burgundy. The 1,300-square-foot design is hardly country-rustic, however—Goto went for an urbane, restrained aesthetic. Gold-leafed reliefs on the gently curved walls coordinate with hand-finished mica powder and paint on the round columns. Descending from the center of the ceiling, delicate brass rods terminate in pinpoint fiber optics. In the corners are smaller clusters of rods, each tipped with a clear glass egg that quietly alludes to a dish that once appeared on the constantly changing menu. What inspired the chartreuse color of the mohair and leather upholstering the banquettes? The original Chartreuse, a herbal liqueur made by French monks.
ARIANNA SACKS; PETER COE; GUSTAVO RAMIREZ: PROJECT TEAM.
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