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Fish & Game in New York by Michael Davis Architects + Interiors
March 31st, 2015 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Michael Davis Architects + Interiors
Cuisine: The cuisine will represent a wholly American palate with its roots firmly planted in upstate New York – multicultural , flavorful, simple, elegant, at times impromptu, seasonal, local, international. Inspiration will be drawn from all facets of the culinary team’s broad spectrum of experiences and tastes, with an emphasis on open fire roasting/cooking utilizing the two custom handcrafted wood burning fireplaces, one located in the main dining room and the other in the bar/lounge area.
Architecture/Interior: Through the creative process of creating a home for Fish & Game, principal architect Michael Davis found that the notion of “preparing a meal and cooking a restaurant” persisted as a theme. As a chef crafts a dish using a little of this and a little of that, Davis allows the architecture and design project to take on a personality of its own in a wholly organic way, finding that the next steps unfold naturally and unexpectedly. Davis’ goal is to create an environment that will look and feel like the food will taste.
The 19th century brick structure originally housed a blacksmith shop, but had since been haphazardly attended to over the years, losing its original historic luster and architectural detail. Through the expert guidance of the award-winning architect Michael Davis and his re-adaptive re-use of period sensitive techniques and materials, the structure is more historically sound than the state in which it was found. The fully gutted, structurally-reinforced, restored building will be a livable, almost residential feeling restaurant that evokes country elegance through its impeccably appointed details all handcrafted and/or reclaimed and repurposed.
The Private Dining Room was re-configured from what had been a Bedroom/Bathroom suite in the B&B that occupied the building previously.
The refrigerated wine room and adjacent locked storage in the PDR were fabricated according to our design by a local cabinetmaker Don Witt. We installed a refrigeration unit by WhisperKOOL to provide temperature control.
The exposed timbers and double-height, however, give the room a monumentality not employed elsewhere in the restaurant, which, combined with the scale of the dining table and welsh dresser, give this room a gravitas befitting its status as a place of private dining within a public space.
Overall Design Elements:
Fish & Game and Architect Michael Davis nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Restaurant Design
March 26, 2015 (New York) – Fish & Game and Michael Davis Architects + Interiors have been nominated by The James Beard Foundation for Outstanding Restaurant Design Award.
The James Beard Foundation nominating committee recognizes architect and designer Michael R. Davis, Founder and Principal of the firm and Ronald J. Nemec, Principal. Winners will be announced on May 4 at the awards ceremony in Chicago.
Fish & Game, the restaurant in Hudson, New York owned by Chef Zakary Pelaccio, Jori Jayne Emde and Patrick Milling Smith is one of three restaurants nominated in the “75 Seats and Under” category for Outstanding Restaurant Design. The other nominees are Brindille in Chicago and Colonia Verde in Brooklyn.
Fish & Game officially opened in May 2013 in a restored and re-imagined 19th century brick structure originally housing a blacksmith shop. The building had since been haphazardly attended to over the years, losing its original historic luster and architectural detail. Through the expert guidance of the award-winning architect Michael Davis and his re-adaptive re-use of period sensitive techniques and materials, the structure is more historically sound than the state in which it was found. The fully gutted, structurally-reinforced, restored building is a livable, almost residential feeling restaurant that evokes country elegance through its impeccably appointed details all handcrafted and/or reclaimed and repurposed.
Michael Davis Architects + Interiors is the leading advocate and active participant in re-adaptive and restorative architecture and interior design. Architect Michael Davis is recognized as a “Preservation Pioneer” and was a nominee for the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award. In 2003, Fashion Group International named Davis the Rising Star in Home and Interior Design.
As an award winning, internationally recognized architect and interior designer, Michael Davis, AIA has pioneered the adaptive reuse of architectural details, salvage, and industrial design into distinctive home and commercial environments. Davis has made his early influences, life experience, and personal philosophy of design cornerstones of his work.
Upon completing his studies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Davis began to apply his belief that buildings have a responsibility to change people. He set out to explore how the continuity of structures and objects could influence commissioned architecture and interior design projects. A focus on re-imagined and re-purposed architectural details and industrial elements would become hallmarks of Davis’ approach to historic renovations as well as new construction.
In 1994 he founded Michael Davis Architects & Interiors in Manhattan. In 2011, Davis opened 3FortySeven, a showroom gallery located in Hudson, New York, not far from where he has enjoyed a personal home for over twenty years.