Brushstroke, a Japanese restaurant by chef David Bouley that has been seven years in the works, finally threw open its doors in late April. Designed by the Japanese firm Super Potato, the interiors are serene and graceful, evocative of a Japanese temple.
Earthy hues of stone, honey-colored woods, reclaimed timber, and salvaged steel clad the walls of the main dining room, where freestanding sculptural metal panels create intimate corners within the 2,000 square foot space.
Clear glass bubble fixtures illuminate the individual wooden tables, and at a counter of thick-cut wooden slabs flanks an open kitchen. In a cozy bar and lounge area adjoining the main dining room, the walls become even more textural--text-heavy, in fact: they are built from over 20,000 old paperback books (page edges facing out). The books are stacked floor-to-ceiling to create a woven pattern, echoed by the fine, interwoven stripes of upholstered chairs.