Restaurateur Michael Stillman joined forces with award-winning design firm AvroKO (Public, Stanton Social) on the concept and all aspects of architecture, design, and graphics of the new restaurant. The physical design of Park Avenue reflects a space with a sense of discovery, rather than stereotypical physical manifestations of a "season." This led the design team in part to Captain James Cook's explorative travels as a loose design reference. They looked at the regions he had visited in each of his major expeditions as a way of framing each season. Autumn in particular channels the Pacific Northwest, envisioned through a classic, naturalist's lens, and then reinterpreted with a modernist's sensibilities. The surfaces and materials are woody and warm, leaning more heavily to nautical features. Hides are used as the backdrop to custom lathed lens installations, walnut veneer and mirror stripe the floor-to-ceiling wall panels, cocoa leather mesh is set into the window niches and over 250 copper clasped rope segments make-up a the central ceiling plane.
Just like crisp, refreshing Autumn in New York, Park Avenue Autumn is here for just a short time. In late November, the restaurant will close its doors to make way for Park Avenue Winter.