Friday, February 27, 2009

Julian Schnabel + Old Homestead

Julian Schnabel is, once again, wearing his interior designer cap. The Artist/Director/Designer, who won praise for creating the magic that is the Gramercy Park Hotel's lobby, has now decorated a private dining room in the iconic Ninth Avenue steakhouse, Old Homestead. The first look, courtesy of Grub Street, reveals an intimate space piqued by rich blue hues and large black and white photos (shot by Schnabel himself) reminiscent of Old Homestead's days of yore. While the institution dates all the way back to 1868, the restaurant has undoubtedly hot-ironed its name on the hide of contemporary culture. The private 10 seat closet-cum-dining room, which opens to the public in March, has already hosted several previews for high profilers, such as Blake Lively, Will Ferrell, Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg and Philip Seymour Hoffman. With all of the hype, it sounds quite possible that the Schnabel Room is set to be the next hot spot for exclusive meatfeasts... no vegetarians allowed.

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