Applebee’s Harlem, NYC by Gate 3 Design
This is the first LEED certified Applebee's in the world, and one of the few in New York City.
The 2-story Applebee's in East Harlem provided us with a tremendous opportunity because of the scale of the building. The "tower" in the vestibule, as well as the middle of the mezzanine level. We chose the Raimond Puts designed pendant from Moooi as it provided the dramatic presence we were looking for. Since Applebee's concept is focused on the local community, we were inspired how this light resembles fireworks indicative of a community festival or celebration. Moreover, these lights are like "staring into the universe" as Moooi describes. Showcasing the people, places, activities and history were the guiding principles for the overall design. We wanted to transport guests to a courtyard-like environment—a respite from the fast pace of city life outside.
Over the bar we went with the Calvino pendant from Vancouver based Propellor. The bamboo construction tied in nicely with the bamboo bar top (by Plyboo) and the "floating city" concept blended nicely with our overall design. As described by Propellor, "The Calvino series of pendant lights pay homage to novelist Italo Calvino. As in his great utopic book Invisible Cities, our Calvino light suggest an idealized floating city, warmly lit at night."
Gate 3: Ryan Shefferman as Lead Designer, project manager Christina Dell Angelo, creative director Joe Durand, business manager Marcia Hubbard
In collaboration with:
+ Designer Peggy Leung, Principal at Peggy Leung Design
+ Architects Joe Siladi, Project Director and Tom Mango, Senior Project Manager at Sterling Interiors Group, Inc.
+ Director of construction and facilities at Apple-Metro, Mike Berry and project administrator Melissa Oliviera
Technical Specs/details of the lighting:
+ Moooi lights were purchased from AllModern
+ Calvino direct from Propeller
+ All other standard items from Regency Lighting
Other features in the building include: signs and awnings were LED, a 14'x14' skylight in the center of the dining room, daylight sensing, electronic shades, dimmers throughout