Motel Morris

CompanyTourmaline
Lead DesignerJessica Corr
ClientJessica Corr
Prize(s)Honorable Mention
Entry Description

Motel Morris is an American restaurant with a nod to the classics located in Manhattan.
Occupying a corner storefront, the scope was to create a restaurant that was immediately
welcoming and quintessentially New York. The 60 seat restaurant is a casual but elegant
neighborhood place to match the informal yet focused attention to food and wine. The
design team created an atmosphere that is intimate and contemporary, using a range of rich
materials, custom lighting, and clever details. A central feature of the restaurant is a
deep blue lacquered bar allowing vantage points to the open kitchen. A Carrara marble and
mirrored service island with up-lighted bottles provides a unique back-bar scene. Adorning
the bar are custom designed lamps offering a soft glow and adding a new twist to the
nostalgia of great literary bars of New York City. Solid mahogany millwork and velvet
banquettes are contrasted with white Carrara marble and brass accents, completing the warm
and comfortable vibe.