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Inspired by a midcentury American brasserie, the New York-based studio Meyer Davis brought one more venture to upload the best of Chicago restaurant interior ideas, with a sunny space with high grid windows, yards of Noir St. Laurent marble and antique mirrors, whilst a stone-topped pill shaped bar swathed with leather quilted upholstery takes centre stage.
The Proxi has the power duo behind Chicago’s Sepia, the Michelin stars awarded chefs Andrew Zimmerman and Emmanuel Nony. At this midcentury restaurant interior decor style, all the features have inviting aesthetic that embraces eclectic, inspired details as the pendant lamps hang above burnt orange leather booths inside.
The 14-foot-high (4.2 meter) barrel-vaulted ceiling of the former print works has been refreshed with white tiles, while glossy blue tiles in a vertical soldier stack cover the columns. Walls are covered with whitewashed oak paneling and sage green painted decorative moldings. The Proxi restaurant interior design provides a neutral backdrop for black and dark navy furnishings with accents of burnt orange.
Although employing the same material palette throughout, Meyer Davis has broken the expansive 5,900-square-foot (548-square-metre) restaurant into distinct areas. Each area is decorated differently with custom-made and contemporary furniture and lighting. Nods to modernist design can be seen with large steel lights and sleek black chairs, while other decorations are souvenirs from restaurant co-owner Emmanuel Nony’s travels.
Meyer Davis likens the eclectic effect to the restaurant’s menu, which chef Andrew Zimmerman based on global street food. The studio described the restaurant as a “melting pot of flavors both in design and cuisine”.
The bar is marked out with custom-made black, blue and white floor tiles. Elevated seating is placed in windows on either side of the curved central bar, with leather-covered lights hanging above.
The bar has a white stone top and a brass-like base covered in black padding. Terracotta pots line the top shelf of the drinks cabinet behind as a nod to the restaurant color theme. A cozy restaurant seating area in a booth behind the bar is furnished with orange and blue sofas and can be partitioned with curtains.
Other corners include a series of leather booths that are arranged beneath a wall of mirrors, while the main dining room contains benches covered in navy leather, black chairs, and wooden tables, with views into the kitchen through a large window. A pale wooden cabinet on the rear wall provides storage for wine bottles. This cabinet is built around the opening to a private dining room.
The Proxi is located in the West Loop, a neighborhood on the western bank of the Chicago River that was formerly a center for manufacturing. Today, many of the areas warehouse buildings have been transformed into eateries, bars, and art galleries…turning Chicago into a “must-go” city guide!
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