Carbone has a Glamorous New Outpost Designed by Ken Fulk
I’ve sorely missed bars,” muses AD100 designer Ken Fulk. “I really like the ritual of a cocktail getting made, the old style nature of taking time to organize and savor one thing. And greater than something I miss the connectivity, seeing a pal or making a brand new one in an environment stuffed with cost.” Spark is exactly what this maestro of temper has simply delivered to Miami Seaside, the place he lately debuted the newest outpost of Carbone restaurant. To rework the house—set on that quintessential southernmost stretch of Collins Avenue—Fulk up to date its bones with a wave of his sybaritic wand. All of the columns had been reimagined in antiqued-mirror panels, all of the beams painted in malachite motif. Some 400 yards of custom-made Christopher Hyland velvet damask now drape the partitions, cocooning the eating room, to which Fulk added Murano-glass chandeliers and an unlimited Venetian mirror. On the restaurant’s coronary heart is a seductive bar, with two sorts of antiqued mirror, classic Venini sconces, and bespoke stools in one other dreamy damask.
Customized-designed fluted-brass desk lamps, every with an etched-glass globe, twinkle on the counter in addition to among the many restaurant’s deep banquettes (elegant holdovers from the house’s earlier Roman and Williams design). At night time, the impact dazzles. “The DNA of Carbone is midcentury Italian-American tradition, and the optimism that got here out of the time,” says Fulk. “We’re having a second of that once more as we wake from this slumber and relish the issues that we took as a right.” As for that cocktail, he notes, “It’s Miami! Go for the banana daiquiri.” carbonemiami.com —SAM COCHRAN