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04.02.2010
Open> Restaurant
The Mark Restaurant by Jacques Grange
Photographs by Julie Glassberg

The Mark Restaurant
25 East 77th Street
New York, New York
Tel: 212-606-3030
Designer: Jacques Grange

The 1927 Mark Hotel in the Upper East Side Historic District reopened last summer after a major refurbishment. French interior decorator Jacques Grange, known for playfully eclectic designs for clients like Yves Saint Laurent and Princess Caroline, was chosen to breathe life into the establishment and its newly opened restaurant. For the Mark, Grange fused colorful Art Deco motifs with a sort of Broadway Boogie Woogie modernism. “You can see the influence of New York in all the designs I did at the Mark—it is very creative, inventive, and artistic,” Grange told AN. The Mark is his first hotel, and so too the ground-floor eatery, helmed by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, is Grange’s debut restaurant design. At the entrance, a curvaceous bar topped with stainless steel and accompanying amoeba-shaped tables catch the eye. Beyond lies the 120-seat dining space, where rose-colored chairs contrast with Venetian glass columns and a tiger-patterned broadloom carpet. An expansive skylight, previously hidden in a second-floor banquet room, is framed by white limestone and accented by a surrounding glass artwork, one of many pieces custom-made by contributing European designers.

Rebecka Gordan