Desgined in collaboration with Patrick Naggar, the interiors of Cafe Boulud are inspired by the sophisticated understatement of late French moderne with its simple spaces, and rich materials. The view through the over-sized mahogany and glass doors to the dramatically lit foyer servers as an enticing invitation to the bar and dining room beyond. The bar forms the convivial centerpiece of the restaurant. Its polished mahogany walls and ceiling suggest an exclusive club where patrons can dine informally or sample wines from the Cafe's widely respected cellar. The dining room is reminiscent of a Parisian salon in the mid-thirties. It is glowing, intimate space where people can see and be seen while sharing an extraordinary meal. Elegantly, yet simply appointed, custom touches imbue the room with a sense of exclusivity.
The seating designed, especially for the restaurant, is subtly executed in mahogany with leather in faded coral. The custom, polished nickel chandeliers and scones proved a discrete, glinting accent while casting a warm, flatting glow over the entire room.