The Four Seasons saga continues, as the Post reports that owners Alex von Bidder and Julian Niccolini have finalized plans to move the legendary restaurant to 280 Park Ave. The new location will allow them to start from scratch in 2017, with a new space and new decoration, as they are auctioning off the Philip Johnson and Mies van der Rohe furniture from the old location. Carbone, the collaboration of young restauranteurs Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick, will be taking over the old Seagram Building space. They are the team behind Carbone, Dirty French, and Parm.
“This will be a Four Seasons for the 21st century,” an anonymous source told the Post. Weinfeld, who has a litany of projects in Brazil, including dozens of houses and the Havianas flagship store, is also designing the Jardim, a luxury residential building by the High Line at West 27th Street. For a glimpse at what we might expect from Weinfeld, take a look at the Fasano Restaurant that he designed for the Fasano family, who are also the patrons of the Fasano Hotel and Residences at Shore Club in Miami.
Back at the Seagram Building, Aby Rosen claims that he will be replicating the furniture from the original Four Seasons design, attempting to save at least part of the gesamkunstwerk that is the space. (Can you save part of a gesamkunstwerk?) An ongoing preservation battle surrounds the interiors of the current Four Seasons location, and AN will keep you updated. At the new locale, no word yet from Isay or his people, but we will keep you updated, there, too.Fasano Restaurant by Isay Weinfeld in Sao Paolo (2003). (Fernando Guerra)