Take a step into David Zaquine’s New York patisserie, Sweet Rehab, and you'll be enveloped in color, texture, pattern, and wonder—and that goes for both the desserts and the decor. The new space, at 1,000 square feet, sits on Sullivan Street, a historic and intimate area of SoHo, and combines a variety of elements that have left us in awe. Director of interiors at Leroy Street Studio Sybille Schneider enlisted Rue d’Arch to implement the design for Sweet Rehab, which was influenced by the current restaurant scene in Paris (think strong color combinations and exotic patterns in modern architecture). We can't help but feel the space has that clichéd-but-true je ne sais quoi, with colorful furniture, antique lights, and vibrating tropical wallpaper. Here are some design ideas we want to take from the one-of-a-kind dessert bar. Oh, and we wouldn’t mind taking some high-end desserts too.
Maximize with glass and mirrors
One of the coolest elements of the space is the ability to peer into the open kitchen and observe the dessert-making process from start to finish. Even cooler, the steel-and-glass partition that separates the kitchen from the rest of the space was inspired by the Mexican movie Roma, where the same design was used for the garage door (remember the nerve-racking scene of the car being parked in the family’s narrow garage?). We love how the glass separates the different areas, but still keeps the space light and bright. Similarly, the wall behind the bar is tiled in square mirrors, which not only make the space look bigger but also add visual interest. Do this in your own home in spots where you’ve got little space but a great light source.
Mixing and matching different-sized pleats is a fun way to tie a room together, and Sweet Rehab did it by combining the small pleats of the bar wrap (in bright blue) with the large pleats of the custom banquette (in blue velvet). You could copy the look in your own home with different colors or hues, or simply amp up the textures with a double dose of one color. We like to think of the striking blue touches at this patisserie as French work jacket blue.
Buy vintage and modern decor
The design of the space may make you feel like you’ve been transported to a Parisian salon, but don’t expect to walk into any 18th-century accordion jams—Sweet Rehab keeps you on your toes by playing rock music. And the same mix is true of the decor: The designers did a great job of sourcing from new and old alike. "We used Pierre Frey fabric, chairs, and lighting from Paris flea markets that pairs wonderfully with the original New York bricks, terrazzo, and painted zinc ceiling," says Sybille. You probably don't want your space to look like a page of an IKEA catalog, so we always think it's a worthy idea to source your decor and furniture from a range of places. Start at thrift stores and flea markets for the pieces you really want to make a statement, like the yellow chairs here, and then fill in the remaining spaces with easy-to-order pieces like a solid rug and place settings.
Combine patterns and shapes
There's a lot of punch packed into this luxurious French pastry shop, but it works. The tropical Pierre Frey wallpaper lining the shelves is echoed in the large plants placed around the space. The rich blues and greens are reinforced through the marbled BAS Stone counter where the eye-catching pastries sit. The brass arches show up again and again, from the shelves to the kitchen framework to the side of the counters. When you have a lot of bold ideas you want to work with, just make sure there are elements that echo throughout the room to keep things cohesive. Isn't that sweet?
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest