Before he began his own firm in 2014, Nathan Litera worked with everyone from Kohn Pedersen Fox to Jean Nouvel and Joseph Dirand. His new interiors for New York’s Spring Place Restaurant, Bar and Lounge are a perfect synthesis of these influences.
Plus, he says, a little “Pierre Cardin-era Palais Bulle, and vintage Italian pieces from the 60s and 70s.” The 4,500 square feet feel unified in large part thanks to a reliance on his own custom touches, from floors (moiré carpets) to ceiling (peach-hued plaster), the latter of which was shipped across the water to the U.S. and installed, Litera says, “by French specialists in record time, working day and night.”
For the finishing touch? A little oxygen, via planters that act as room dividers and an ersatz greenhouse above the bar courtesy of a suspended glass and steel box. “We wanted to give some soul to the structure,” Litera says, breathing life into the historical references.